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A single blow from the giant, hairy paw smashes the explorer to the ground. Terrified, he flees from the monster's glowing eyes and savage fangs... Why are the peaceful Yeti now spreading death and destruction? And what is the secret behind the glowing cave on the mountain? When DOCTOR WHO discovers that a long-dead friend is still alive, he knows why his visit to the lonely Himalayan monastery has led to a struggle to save the Earth! ‘DOCTOR WHO, the children’s own programme which adults adore . . . ’ Gerard Garrett, The Daily Sketch
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ISBN 0 426 10583 4
DOCTOR WHO AND THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMEN
Based on the BBC television serial Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln by arrangement with the British Broadcasting Corporation
Illustrated by Alan Willow
A TARGET BOOK published by The Paperback Division of W. H. Allen & Co. Ltd
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CONTENTS 1 The Secret of the Snows 2 The Creature in the Cave 3 Live Bait to Catch a Monster 4 Jamie Traps a Yeti 5 The Secret of the Inner Sanctum 6 A Yeti Comes to Life 7 A Plan to Conquer Earth 8 Revolt in the Monastery 9 Attack of the Yeti 10 Peril on the Mountain 11 The Final Battle 12 The Abominable Snowman .
my dear Travers. the only man who had agreed to join his expedition. like a jerky. still more days spent climbing. Perhaps I will. he was at the Royal Geographical Society. Soon they would have to turn back. to reach this remote point. In his dream. The Abominable Snowman does exist. I assure you—the body of evidence that has accumulated over the years is undeniable. He really could .’ Travers twisted and muttered in his sleep. addressing a scornful and hostile audience. the final. fantasy and reality merging and blurring in his mind. and huddled deeper inside his sleeping-bag. Mackay. sir. ‘If you’re as sure as that. Back in London there would be polite sympathy. Suddenly Travers jerked fully awake. the endless days of overland travel to reach the slopes of the Himalayas.’ He heard again the hated voice of his old rival.1 The Secret of the Snows High on the Himalayan mountainside the little camp fire was burning low. He heard his own voice. concealing quiet amusement. Professor Walters. Mackay was laughing at him. Yet now it seemed that even Mackay had turned against him. his oldest and best friend. I suggest you go and look for the beast!’ Once more Travers heard the scornful laughter that followed. And all for nothing. Only Mackay would stand by him. the long journey to India. screaming insults. always climbing. speeded-up old film: the desperate struggle to raise money for his expedition. Edward Travers shivered. He was drifting in and out of an uneasy slumber. Scene followed scene in his mind. ‘Gentlemen. half-scornful agreement of a Fleet Street editor to back him. ‘Thank you for the suggestion. the expedition a failure.
The guttering of the flames threw a feeble light on the two empty sleeping-bags. Travers fumbled for his rifle and struggled from his sleeping-bag. Travers caught a brief glimpse of glowing eyes and savage fangs. but gradually becoming solid. He raised his rifle. shaggy form. There was something very odd about this police box. hairy paw smashed him to the ground. In the darkness ahead of him he could see two struggling figures. It perched on a snowy ledge. looking completely out of place. Next morning. the stock shattered into match-wood. a wheezing. groaning sound shattered the peace and stillness of the mountain air. with a centre console of complex instruments. Mackay’s sleeping-bag was empty.. The barrel was bent almost double.hear Mackay’s voice. The shadow of a huge shuffling figure fell over the site. a little higher on that same Himalayan peak. Back at the little camp-site the fire was almost out. It was Mackay’s rifle. Inside the police box was an ultra-modern control room. He scrambled over the edge of the little plateau. It whirled round to attack Travers. transparent at first. Screaming for help. but before he could fire it was wrenched from his hands. Then a blow from a giant. Travers tried to call out. and down the rocky slope. There were three people in the control room. It was calling to him. One was a . but could only produce a sort of croak. There were tracks leading out into the darkness.. Something was tossed contemptuously into the dying fire. The giant shape moved away and vanished into the night. Somehow it was bigger on the inside than on the outside. It was enormous—a giant... Then he set off towards the sound of Mackay’s voice. Instantly the creature flung Mackay to the ground. But the other. Travers rubbed his eyes and looked across the circle of light round the camp fire. An old blue police box appeared from nowhere. One was Mackay.
Her travels with the Doctor had brought her a number of rather nerveshattering experiences. it was all the same to Jamie. She was the daughter of a Victorian antique dealer. Alone and friendless. But he did seem to have a knack of wandering into the most appalling danger. But despite her initial timidity. she was discovering unexpected resources of courage inside herself. He grabbed his trusty claymore and charged. like most girls of her time. complete with kilt. had had a rather sheltered upbringing. rather comical face. He welcomed each new adventure with tremendous gusto. and she was very fond of him. whose fate had become caught up with the Doctor’s during the Jacobite rebellion. wrenched from their own times. since her name was Victoria. who had lost his life during a terrifying adventure with the Daleks. He was very kind. and a shock of untidy black hair.) Victoria sometimes wondered if her decision to join the Doctor had been a wise one. in his vague. was completely different. almost hopping up and down . Victoria looked on indulgently as the Doctor peered into the little scanner screen. (The Doctor had told Victoria that the initials stood for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space—which left her none the wiser. the Scots lad. Victoria. Much the same thing had happened to Jamie. and a small. erratic way. middle-sized man with a gentle. Watching him were a brawny youth in highland dress. He was wearing an old black coat. Jamie was a fighter by nature. on the other hand. dark girl dressed in the style of Earth’s Victorian age. Appropriately enough. Now both young people. and a pair of rather baggy check trousers.middle-aged. Victoria had been taken under the protection of a mysterious traveller in Space and Time known only as the Doctor. Jamie. spent their lives travelling through Time and Space with the Doctor in the strangely disguised craft known as the TARDIS. English Redcoat soldier or alien monster.
’ The Doctor turned away from the scanner. she and Jamie had no idea where or when they were—or for that matter. No doubt the Doctor would get round to telling them in his own good time. The ghanta!’ The Doctor went on burrowing.’ said Jamie. opened a wall-locker and dragged out an enormous old chest. A bell actually.with excitement. ‘I dinna see what’s so marvellous about a lot of snowy mountains. As usual. I think. you two. that’s where we are. After a moment. Jamie! The Himalayas!’ ‘The Hima—what?’ Geography wasn’t Jamie’s strong point. Tibet!’ The Doctor beamed at Victoria. The Doctor was amazed. no time to waste. ‘Yes. ‘You mean you don’t know? It’s a Tibetan holy relic. covered in antique carving. ‘That’s all verra well. Anywhere outside Scotland was unknown territory to him. You . They’re a range of mountains. throwing things over his shoulder with gay abandon. why. ‘Come on. ‘Can you no’ tell us what we’re looking for?’ ‘I’ve already told you. Jamie looked over the Doctor’s shoulder. ‘Absolutely marvellous! And after all this time!’ He adjusted the scanner controls and the picture of snowy wastes changed to that of a distinctively-shaped peak.’ He rushed across the TARDIS. ‘Marvellous. Aren’t you going to help me?’ They came over to join him. Jamie and Victoria looked on in amazement. Victoria leaned forward.’ The doctor looked up in amazement. Quite small. the Doctor’s head popped up indignantly. come on then. ‘But it’s the Himalayas. ‘The Himalayas. but what’s a ghanta?’ Victoria asked gently.’ the Doctor was chortling. On the border between India and Tibet. ‘Now I’m sure I put it in here somewhere!’ The Doctor started ferreting inside the chest. ‘Well. Help me find the ghanta. ‘That’s right! Tibet. rather like a dog at a rabbit hole. then said briskly.
hoping to see where the Doctor was off to.’ He looked pleadingly at them. Victoria smiled. But what do you want it for? Why’s it so important?’ The Doctor paused at the door. it’ll guarantee us the welcome of a lifetime..’ The Doctor began to struggle into the coat. Let’s find his bell. Jamie looked up from the chest. and peered in amazement at the huge. ‘a huge hairy beastie!’ Victoria felt a sudden stab of fear. ‘When you’ve been with the Doctor as long as I have.’ He adjusted the scanner controls to give a closer view of the shambling figure.. Well. ‘All right. you’ll realise ye canna hope to know what he’s talking about most of the time.’ he exclaimed delightedly. It completely swamped him. ‘We must warn the Doctor. look!’ Jamie came over to the scanner.see it was given to me to look after when. off you go. there’ll be no peace till we do!’ Jamie went on rummaging in the chest. Jamie sighed.. like a small boy begging to be allowed to go out and play. I thought you and Victoria might find it for me. But the Doctor was already gone. ‘now I’ll have that. ‘Ah. ‘Jamie. ‘Because when we get down there.’ ‘Down where?’ called Victoria. ‘It’s a beastie. ‘Just a wee moment.’ he muttered. Then he . Let’s have another look. Victoria wandered over to the scanner and switched it on. Suddenly she jumped back from the screen in terror. ‘Ah. coming right down to his ankles. ‘What about this precious ghanta?’ The Doctor looked uneasy. We’ll find your bell for you. I’ll just go and have a scout around. Just the thing for this climate. hairy form on the little screen. Doctor. ‘Tell you what.’ Suddenly he couldn’t wait to be off.’ Jamie held up a restraining hand.. the door of the TARDIS closing behind him.’ The Doctor broke off as he pulled an enormous fur coat from the bottom of the chest.
Not long ago. The story in the snow was clear. A giant man-like creature that lived . It was an enormous footprint. The Doctor sighed with quiet satisfaction.looked up. Suddenly he stopped. many times the size of his own. hadn’t let him down. and soon the Doctor was breathing hard. of course. looking down at the Monastery below. He reached the point he was making for and leaned thankfully against a boulder. Then it had moved away. Clumps of snow had built up on the Doctor’s boots. the Doctor followed the tracks. The Doctor began to cast about the area. on previous visits to Earth—The Abominable Snowman? Known to the Tibetans as the Yeti. The snow was churned as though the creature had stood for some time. leading to the other side of the boulder. He began kicking his boots against a boulder to clean them. grinning. making walking difficult. Some enormous creature had climbed to this spot. satisfying breaths of the fresh. The Doctor stood. like a hunting dog. deeper ones. ‘Ye needna worry about warning the Doctor. He gazed around him with child-like pleasure. Yon great hairy beastie is the Doctor!’ And indeed the Doctor did look rather like a huge animal as he plodded up the mountain path in his enormous fur coat. and stood there. The tracks leading away from the boulder were still fairly fresh. For once the TARDIS. The Doctor took deep. There were other tracks leading away down the mountainside. The Doctor’s scientific curiosity was roused. Cautiously. On the other side of the boulder there were more footprints. A hidden valley lay far below him. There were other footprints. and his navigation. He’d come to exactly the right spot. a line of them. pondering. The path climbed sharply upwards. sharp mountain air. Could it be—he’d heard the stories. The surrounding peaks seemed to sparkle in the clear frosty atmosphere. And there nestling in the valley was the Monastery. puffing it out again like steam. his eye caught by something at his feet. either.
Then he checked himself. ‘I’m afraid you’re— wait a minute!’ Her fingers touched a scrap of cloth wedged in a corner. higher up the mountain? There. ‘He must have put this ghanta thing somewhere else. seen only in glimpses by terrified natives. There was something of the magpie in the Doctor. back to the TARDIS. she thought despairingly. ‘Look. the Doctor turned and retraced his steps. He continued on his way. plodding on his way far below. “Ghanta of . weapons. Stretching. behind the clump of boulders? The Doctor peered. shaggy form pulled itself upright. What would he do with the creature if he found it? Come to that. For a moment he was strongly tempted to follow the tracks still further. there’s a label on it. she pulled a tiny bundle from the trunk. Had there been a flash of movement. what would it do with him? There was the Monastery to be visited. see for yourself!’ Victoria groped in the inner recesses of the enormous trunk. And Jamie and Victoria still waiting in the TARDIS. An enormous hairy hand appeared on the top of a sheltering boulder. It stood looking down at the tiny figure of the Doctor. but could see nothing. Jamie rose from the empty trunk in disgust. Congratulating himself on his self-control.somewhere on the remotest peaks. ‘Are you sure the trunk’s empty? Really empty?’ ‘Och. practically disappearing inside. Behind those same boulders there was a stir of movement. curios and carvings from a hundred different planets. Suddenly he stopped. But surely the creature had never been heard of in this part of Tibet? The Doctor was puzzled. A giant. It’s no’ in here!’ Victoria looked round at the amazing collection of objects spread over the TARDIS floor: clothes. The Doctor had seen so many amazing creatures on so many planets that he was prepared to believe in anything.
I’m sure it did. and then we’ll be on our way. Victoria turned to Jamie. But don’t go asking me what.Detsen Monastery..” ‘ Victoria unwrapped the bundle. The TARDIS door opened and the Doctor came in. for I dinna ken!’ Victoria looked at the litter of objects on the floor. she held up an ornately carved bronze bell. haven’t you? Out there?’ The Doctor glanced quickly at Victoria. ‘There is something the matter. ‘Come on. what’s happening? Is there something dangerous out there?’ The Doctor smiled. Every now and again he would stop. The Doctor frowned abstractedly. will you. isn’t there?’ Jamie nodded reluctantly. closing the door behind him. have you? Splendid. ‘Yes.’ The Doctor left the TARDIS.’ The Doctor was slowly picking his way along the uneven track that led down towards the Monastery. Let’s put this lot away. Knew it wasn’t far away. ‘I’ve just got to pay a quick visit to the Monastery. ‘Look. ‘Wouldn’t you know it’d be the verra last thing?’ groaned Jamie disgustedly.’ He came to a decision.. Jamie?’ ‘Would it no’ be better if I came too?’ The Doctor shook his head. nothing really.’ Jamie looked at him. ‘Found it. ‘It took a wee bit of searching. Jamie. ‘Oh. Triumphantly. He kept getting the feeling that something malevolent and hostile .’ said Jamie dryly.’ Gently he took it from Victoria and slipped it in his pocket. right enough. Stay here in the TARDIS. ‘Just a lot of snow! I’ll be as quick as I can. looking around him uneasily. ‘You’ve seen something. ye ken. Victoria looked from one to the other. Jamie. ‘Something’s worrying him. Probably nothing. He saw the little bell in Victoria’s hand.
and the Doctor saw that someone had indeed made camp there. The man was dead. He scrambled towards it. The Doctor wondered what kind of strength could bend the steel of a rifle barrel like plasticine. led over the edge of the plateau. Something glinted in the cold ashes of the fire. the Doctor saw a huddled shape a little further down. Warily the Doctor plodded on his way. Footprints. Peering over the edge. It was the barrel of a rifle. bent almost double. It formed a kind of natural campsite. But always it vanished before he could pin it down. Sometimes he thought he saw a flicker of movement on the slopes above him. Close by were two empty sleeping-bags. A few charred sticks marked the remains of a fire. The charred.was watching his every movement. Gently the doctor turned it over. splintered stock was burnt almost completely away. The body lay face down in the snow. human footprints. The Doctor fished it out. To his surprise he saw that the man was a European. As he shifted the body. . He followed the path round the curve of the mountain. and on to a little plateau. his neck broken by a single savage blow. the head lolled over at a strange angle.
a rucksack lay in the snow. brandy. the massive bronze doors had always stood open. The Doctor took a deep breath. The monks of Det-sen were peaceful. A promise was a promise. the Doctor finally reached the lower slopes of the mountain. he looked up at the huge old building he remembered so well. With a sigh of relief. Slipping his hand in his pocket. Not far from the dead man. All around him he sensed the presence of some alien evil. welcoming the entry of pilgrims and travellers. leading him at last to the Det-sen Monastery. and sighed. It had been many years since his last visit. yet nothing had changed. but his fists made almost no sound. It held maps. Then he remembered the ghanta. But now the gates were closed. Protected by its high stone walls.2 The Creature in the Cave The Doctor straightened up. and stood looking down at the body. Or had it? In former days. warm clothes. ‘Hello! Hello! Anyone about?’ His voice echoed round the high forbidding walls. But as soon as he had returned the ghanta to the Monastery. bronze doors and shoved—more as a kind of gesture than with any . hospitable men. An oppressive silence seemed to hang over the Monastery. The path sloped sharply. The Doctor put his shoulder to the heavy. he would go back to the TARDIS and whisk Jamie and Victoria off to a safer place and time. After a long and weary journey. For a moment he considered going straight back to the TARDIS. concentrated foods—the provisions of an experienced explorer. He gazed at it for a moment. the Monastery huddled as if for shelter in the valley between two mountains. always willing to provide shelter. Perhaps he would find the owner at the Monastery—if he had survived the attack on the camp. the Doctor took out the little Tibetan bell. He hammered on the doors.
he managed to push one of the doors ajar. the cries of pedlars in the courtyard. a tall man with a dark. his footsteps echoing hollowly. The stone flagstones were worn smooth by the sandalled feet of generations of monks. leader of the warrior monks. ‘First may I ask who you are? By what right do you question me?’ ‘I am Khrisong. weapons raised. ‘You can call me the Doctor. bustling place. Now—you will answer. The Doctor whirled round. ‘Who are you? Why do you come here?’ Quite unintimidated. They ran forward and surrounded the Doctor. creating just enough of a gap to slip through. They wore the simple robes of the Det-sen monks. towered over him. The long rectangular courtyard was unchanged. he felt them shift a little. and barred. hawk-like face. ‘This is Thomni—my guard captain. To his surprise.’ He looked at the group. Now it was as quiet as a tomb. isn’t it? I thought the monks of Det-sen were men of peace. Who are you?’ Gently the Doctor said. the low humming of the temple bells. Their leader. Doorways and cloisters led off into different parts of the rambling old Monastery. He walked to the middle of the courtyard. But still this mysterious silence and emptiness.’ The tall man indicated a younger monk who stood at his side. Once through the doors.hope of success. The Doctor shivered. The bronze doors had been pushed to.’ There was grim irony in Khrisong’s reply. the endless drone of the monks at their prayers. the Doctor smiled up at him. Using all his strength. but they carried bows and swords. The Det-sen Monastery had always buzzed like a beehive—the chatter of pilgrims. A little group of men stood watching him. ‘Hello! Where is everyone?’ Suddenly there came a shattering clang. It had been a lively. ‘Warrior monks—that’s a contradiction in terms. ‘Most of . the Doctor gazed round him.
It must have been him. The Doctor kept his voice low and calm. How else did he get my rucksack?’ The little group of armed men gathered menacingly round the Doctor. Who are you? What is your business at the Monastery of Det-sen?’ Before the Doctor could answer a man ran out of the cloisters and up to the little group. I just saw a shape in the darkness—felt the fur. ‘You murderous devil. that’s what I thought.’ said Khrisong sharply. dressed in a ragged. like a man in the grip of some over-mastering obsession. I found this rucksack by a wrecked camp. Dropping the rucksack. Khrisong turned to the newcomer. ‘Why did you attack this man?’ snapped Khrisong. But these are dangerous times. ‘Well. Thomni and another of the warrior monks held him back. If the men of peace are to survive. He must have stolen it when he attacked my camp. he hurled himself at the Doctor. ‘Travers! Do you know this man?’ ‘No—but this rucksack’s mine all right. ‘You told us that a beast attacked you. There was a dead man—’ ‘Yes—and you killed him!’ shrieked Travers. ‘Now—you would do well to answer quickly.them still are. We’ve got you now!’ The Doctor looked curiously at his attacker. ‘I attacked no one. He flung himself on the Doctor. He glared angrily at the Doctor. His manner was hysterical. But look at his coat! That’s what I felt. they need men of war to protect them. His eyes were red-rimmed with exhaustion.’ His tone hardened. ‘We have heard enough. Seize him!’ Before the Doctor could move.’ Travers hugged the rucksack protectively. and a stubble of beard covered his chin. wrenching the rucksack from his shoulders. two brawny young . travel-stained anorak. He was a European. Khrisong said.
Anyway. ‘After all. you know. the two warrior monks carried the protesting Doctor away. He remembered his own words. half-dragged the Doctor along the endless stone corridors of the Monastery. with a little window high up in the wall. The Doctor looked around him.. we shall discover—in good time.’ Travers interrupted. They opened it. I came on a most important. He was in a bare stone cell. At a nod from Khrisong. He seized Khrisong’s arm. be sure you will be punished.. studded with iron. Take him away!’ Lifting him almost off his feet. ignoring his spirited protests. said thoughtfully. ‘this is ridiculous. the young guard captain. you chaps. ‘Do put me down. ‘The welcome of a lifetime!’ said the Doctor ruefully. There was a wooden stool. back in the TARDIS. . and a wooden bed with straw mattress along one wall.. ‘He’s a dangerous man. There have been many other such crimes of late.’ ‘Silence. The two warrior monks half-carried. I brought the rucksack here to return it to its owner. The Doctor sank down on the bed and sighed. slammed the door and bolted it.’ interrupted Khrisong. looking up at the tall monk with a kind of crazy intentness.. I’ve got something important to tell you.’ ‘Of course we do. Watch him carefully!’ Thomni.’ Thomni ignored him. Thomni released Travers. ‘Look.’ ‘That.’ The monks came to a halt before a massive wooden door. I’ve killed no one.’ said Khrisong impassively. ‘we still do not know why he came here.monks had grabbed his arms. thrust the Doctor inside. ‘You have been accused of a crime. I can walk.. Khrisong..’ he went on. ‘I’ve just told you so. If you are guilty. Then they turned and marched away.’ said the Doctor mildly. All strangers are suspect. too. ‘We do not know that this man is the killer.
If there was something dangerous out there. Maybe we’ll see the Doctor coming back. ‘Jamie. and rummaged inside. they’re no’ so bad. well.’ Jamie went back to the big chest. well. Standing on the little ledge. Victoria looked entranced at the panorama of mountain scenery spread out before them. Suddenly Victoria stopped.’ ‘I’ll go by myself. Jamie ushered Victoria outside. ‘What on earth do you want that for?’ ‘Aye. ye never know what ye’ll run in to. ‘Come on. which held garments in every imaginable size to suit every possible climate.’ As far as Jamie was concerned there were bigger and better mountains at home in Scotland. ‘Couldn’t we take a look outside?’ Jamie shook his head. Victoria rushed to the door.’ Victoria gave him a happy smile. We’d better wrap up warm. Aren’t the Himalayas beautiful?’ ‘Aye. Soon the two of them were kitted out like polar explorers in warm. Jamie gave a massive yawn. with fur gloves and fur-lined boots. Jamie. He fished out a huge curved sword—a kind of Turkish scimitar. The contents of the massive chest had been tidied away long ago. ‘I’m getting very bored.’ They scrambled up the mountain track. Jamie!’ ‘Just a wee moment. ‘Look how clear everything is. Jamie. Just a wee look round. ‘Och. It was in the nature of females to be contrary. look!’ She pointed downwards. which became steeper and narrower. all right. he was ready for it.’ Victoria stood up decisively.’ Victoria said.Jamie and Victoria sat looking at each other blankly. ‘Let’s climb a little higher. Jamie sighed. Now they were just sitting waiting—and waiting. furlined anoraks. ‘The Doctor said to wait here. Just to one side of the path .’ Grasping the sword firmly. Even the furthest peaks seem close enough to touch. and rushed to the TARDIS’ clothing locker.
Huge furry creatures. able to move over the roughest ground. an ape and a man. Jamie set off. It’ll run as soon as it sees us.’ Jamie still looked dubious. Something between a bear.was an area of churned-up snow. They found themselves at the entrance to a small cave.’ ‘That’s all verra well.’ Jamie was outraged. All the reports say it’s a timid creature. if you’re afraid. No one’s succeeded. A bear.’ Victoria peered curiously into the darkness of the cave . Come on!’ Brandishing his sword. and followed him. ‘You don’t understand. Suppose it finds us first?’ ‘There’s nothing to worry about. They stooped to examine them. Victoria continued. Eventually. Let’s track it. Jamie!’ ‘We will not! Look at those footprints.’ Suddenly Victoria gave a little gasp of excitement. People have been trying to find the Abominable Snowman for ages.. ‘That’s where the beastie lives. my girl. ‘Of course. Scientific expeditions and everything. Victoria smiled to herself. They scrambled over boulders and across icy patches. right enough. Cunningly. Jamie. Leading away from it was a set of enormous footprints. Jamie whistled. mebbe.’ said Jamie. there you are then. It’d be marvellous if we found it. ‘Jamie! Perhaps it’s the Yeti—the Abominable Snowman!’ ‘The abominable what?’ ‘There have been stories and legends about them in the Himalayas for ages. we Highlanders fear nothing. Ye can see how big the beastie must be. The trail of huge footprints led them higher and higher up the mountain slope. Jamie. ‘Well. ‘Will you look at the size of that? Something’s been prowling round here. The creature they were following was obviously strong and agile. the tracks led them straight into the side of the mountain.’ Victoria jumped up and down in excitement.. ‘Me? Afraid? I’ll have you know.
Jamie examined the nearest beam curiously. There was something rather spooky about it. it’s beams. ‘It looks almost like a door. blocking it out completely. ‘What is it? What’s happened?’ . Come on. She followed Jamie into the cave. Intrigued. Jamie. she was rather pleased not to be going inside that dark cave. ‘Aye. Just inside the entrance the walls were supported by what looked like pit-props. booming hollowly. He had moved closer to the cave entrance. ‘Now what kind of a beastie builds a thing like this?’ There came a grinding noise from the cave entrance. On second thoughts.’ Jamie’s voice came from within the cave. A huge shadow fell across the light. Suddenly she realised that Jamie wasn’t following her.’ Victoria decided that she was more frightened of being left outside than of going in. it’s back to the TARDIS for us. Actually it turned out to be more of a tunnel leading into the heart of the mountain. ‘That was when I thought we were tracking a wild animal. Jamie went up to the cave entrance.’ she called. Just to the right of it stood a huge boulder.’ and before Victoria could stop him. Jamie plunged into the darkness of the cave. They could see other props further down the tunnel. ‘Hey. Victoria. look at this. ‘Couldn’t we just have a quick look inside the cave?’ ‘And mebbe wake the beastie up? We’ll do no such thing. ‘You said we should go back to the TARDIS.’ said Victoria. Mebbe this thing we’re following is no’ a beastie after all. Just inside the cave.’ Obediently Victoria started back down the mountainside.mouth. my girl. just a little larger than the cave mouth itself. Victoria clutched Jamie’s arm in fear. ‘Come back. and was looking inside. Wooden beams!’ Victoria came to join him. I’m no’ afraid of a man. Suddenly they were in darkness. Kind of supports. right enough.
‘someone’s just shut that door!’ Outside the cave. ‘You remember yon big rock by the entrance. that makes nonsense of your accusing me.’ ‘Found what?’ ‘You know what I’m talking about. . Obviously.. The Yeti—the Abominable Snowmen.’ The Doctor clambered down from his perch.’ said Jamie grimly. But don’t you see.’ ‘Nonsense! The Yeti are timid. ‘How did you track me down?’ ‘My dear chap. who glared back at him. putting the wooden stool on the bed. There was a rattle from behind the Doctor. you know. They’re here.It took Jamie a moment to work things out. the mad anthropologist!” And now that I’m close to success. harmless creatures. the Doctor was just able to peer out of the high barred window of his cell.. ‘Don’t you play the innocent with me. I rather thought they might be.’ The Doctor nodded. ‘It’s a forty-foot drop down there. didn’t you? “Travers. two huge hairy paws finished jamming the boulder into place. and climbing on top of the stool.’ said Travers. You all laughed at me.’ There was a sharp note of hysteria in Travers’ reply. He grasped the bars and shook then but they were set firmly in the stone-framed window. my dear fellow. a Yeti attacked your camp. Just as I’ve found them at last. He looked down on the courtyard far below. and a barred grille in his cell door slid open. Then he realised. By dragging the wooden bed under the window. ‘There’s no way out. you want to steal my glory. ‘I didn’t really think there would be. on this mountain. I don’t even know who you are. ‘Well. and asked fiercely. Then a massive shaggy form turned and lumbered away down the mountainside. ‘Yes.’ He smiled placidly at Travers. He turned and saw the face of Travers peering through at him. the one you said looked like a door?’ Victoria nodded.
’ Abruptly Travers’ face disappeared and the grille slammed shut. the priests of Det-sen Monastery. oldest and wisest of the lamas said gently. His mind has been affected. The Doctor rose to his modest height and spread out his hands. could I have done it? Could I? Just look at me!’ The Doctor could almost see the self-evident truth of this statement fighting to get through to Travers’ brain. In the nearby Great Hall. He leaned forward urgently in an attempt to carry his point. I’ve got work to do. The pilgrims. you won’t be able to steal my credit. The man is consumed with fear and ambition. The Doctor sighed. the merchants come no more to Det-sen. These were lamas. ‘Whoever—whatever — attacked your camp and killed your poor friend must have had enormous strength. while you’re safely locked up here. Khrisong and Thomni were confronting a group of older men in saffroncoloured robes. ‘Well. a look of childish cunning came over Travers’ face. Why should he lie?’ Sapan. stretched out on the hard. ‘The man Travers has had a most terrible experience. And as for you. the Doctor was the subject of fierce discussion. You know how many of our brethren have been killed. Despite their gentle and unwordly manner they had a sort of spiritual strength. Isn’t that so?’ Reluctantly. ‘Not going to discuss it any longer. and prepared for a little doze. a kind of gentle obstinacy. At that very moment.Everyone knows that. lumpy mattress. Travers. that never failed to infuriate Khrisong. the travellers. Travers nodded. whose lives were spent in peaceful meditation and prayer.’ The Doctor tried another tack. ‘We have the word of the Englishman. All at once. ‘The death of Travers’ companion is the latest of many deaths. Only a . We live in terror. He has strayed far from the way of truth!’ Khrisong’s voice was fierce. The Abbot has sent away most of the brethren to other monasteries for their own safety.
Rinchcn.. but there was an authority in his voice that made Khrisong fall silent.’ said Khrisong. who fear nothing —and you.’ said Sapan firmly. Now here is this stranger.’ Sapan spoke quietly as always. let me put this man to the proof.’ He turned to Khrisong. My warriors.’ ‘There is for me.. Khrisong exploded with rage. Must more of our brothers die before we act?’ Thomni looked at him in astonishment. ‘Come. smiled gently. Bring me the prisoner!’ . And we wondered why. holy one. Rinchen.’ Khrisong said gruffly..’ Khrisong broke off in confusion. my son. But we agreed. which was interrupted by the boom of a temple gong.’ Khrisong leaped to his feet. ‘If it is necessary—yes. ‘You cannot use a human as live bait. Khrisong.’ ‘Not by taking a man’s life. ‘After our meditatations. ‘No. ‘Let them meditate. ‘We who are so old and feeble and useless that death holds no terrors. I ask you again. my brothers. Suddenly they became savage.’ ‘Indeed it is. did we not.. so timid. another old monk. You know that all I have said is true. that the Yeti were the cause of all our troubles?’ ‘True. ‘But the holy ones have decided. ‘It is time for prayer. ‘I mean no disrespect. I demand that you. The price is too high. Once they were gone.’ ‘I am chief warrior. There is no other way. I.’ Sapan shook his head. They were so rarely seen. I shall consult with the Abbot.’ There was a murmur of assent from the other lamas. ‘This is madness.handful of us remain. Khrisong will act. Let them consult.’ said Sapan placidly. It is my duty to protect you.’ The little group of lamas filed from the room. ‘You ask us to condemn a man to almost certain death. and Travers accuses him.
’ said Victoria.’ ‘Don’t worry. it’s no use. ‘I’ll yell all right. he moved towards it. As he dashed up to her he saw that a rim of light was appearing around the edge of the boulder.’ Jamie gave her an encouraging pat on the shoulder. There’s mebbe another exit. That’s why I want you to wait here. since we canna go back. What was it that the Doctor was always on about? The exercise of logical thought. what are we going to do now?’ Jamie considered. though.’ Victoria shivered beside him in the darkness. to his astonishment. He could hear .Panting with exhaustion. Jamie moved to the entrance. looking round in wonder. As the glow grew brighter he saw that it came from the entrance to some kind of chamber leading off the tunnel. I canna shift it at all. there might. he saw a gleam of light ahead of him.’ ‘Aye. and we dinna want to stay here — we’ll just have to go forward. ‘Jamie! Jamie. Wonderingly. wishing desperately that they’d never left the TARDIS. For quite a while he had to feel his way along the walls. and then stepped inside. More a kind of eerie glow. He was in a completely circular cave with smooth stone walls. and their combined radiance lit up the cave. ‘Jamie. Each of the spheres was glowing gently. In the centre of the cave stood the source of the light—a little pile of silver spheres. Jamie abandoned his attempt to shift the boulder that blocked their exit. he set off down the dark tunnel. ‘Och. He was just reaching out to touch one when a sudden scream echoed down the tunnel. Then. ‘Well. come back!’ He turned and ran down the tunnel towards the sound of Victoria’s voice. Just yell if you need me.’ ‘But there might be more of those things in there. Jamie approached the spheres. Summoning up all his courage. or rather I will. arranged as a pyramid. Gripping his sword tightly. Not daylight.
arranged as a pyramid. ‘It’s coming back.the noise of rock grinding on rock.’ In the centre of the cave stood the source of the light—a little pile of silver spheres. that it is. ‘It’s taking away the boulder.’ said Jamie. ‘Aye. ‘You flatten yourself against .’ whispered Victoria fearfully.
. claws outstretched.the wall. the Yeti lumbered forward. With a bloodcurdling roar. Remorseless.’ Jamie backed away as the boulder was swung completely clear. clawed hands outstretched to grasp him. It’ll likely go past without seeing you. But to Jamie’s amazement the sword simply bounced off. as though the creature was made of steel. silhouetting the enormous shaggy figure in the cave mouth. Gripping his sword in both hands.’ ‘But what about you?’ Jamie hefted his sword. wrenched the sword from Jamie’s grasp. . The Yeti lunged forward. and snapped it in two like a matchstick. ‘I’ll give yon beastie a welcome it doesna expect. the Highlander brought it round in a savage slashing cut that should have struck the beast’s head from its shoulders. it bore down on Jamie.. Light flooded into the tunnel.
She was actually following behind the Yeti. A trickle of rubble fell from the tunnel roof. Looking round the cave Victoria saw the pyramid of . ‘That horrible creature. Did you see what it did to my sword?’ said Jamie indignantly. and Jamie on the other. A cascade of rock began pouring down from the roof. lassie. ‘Victoria! Where are you? Are you all right?’ To his vast relief he heard the sound of more coughing. don’t! We’ll be buried alive. With a final mighty heave he wrenched the supporting beam free. He grabbed her arm and led her into the little inner chamber. the great pile of falling rock landed neatly on the Yeti between them. The Yeti suddenly stopped. ‘Back. Victoria!’ he yelled. he crashed full into one of the pit-props supporting the tunnel. With Victoria on one side. Coughing and spluttering. Jamie flung his arms round the base of the loose beam and pulled with all his might. Victoria edged along the wall of the tunnel. Victoria shrieked.’ But Jamie ignored her. Jamie retreated along the tunnel as far as the inner cave. except for one paw. Dimly he saw Victoria’s dustcovered form clambering over the rocks towards him. ‘Stay back. Dust filled the tunnel as the rock stopped falling at last. Jamie called. Jamie. which stuck out from under the pile.’ she gasped. back!’ yelled Jamie. as if alarmed by the falling rock. burying the creature completely. Trying to run backwards. But it was verra strong. Victoria. Victoria dusted herself down in an attempt to recover her composure.3 Live Bait to Catch a Monster Jamie backed away before the advancing Yeti. ‘No. ‘What was it?’ ‘I dinna ken. It shifted! There was a steady rumble as more rubble trickled down. which didn’t seem to have noticed her. ‘I canna stop it!’ Terrified of being separated from Jamie.
keeping as far away as she could from the projecting hand. Jamie grabbed Victoria’s hand and pulled her out of the cave. We were in there for ages. and hefted it in his hand. towards the TARDIS. as if making an attempt to grab her. ‘We’re lucky that rock-fall didna block the whole tunnel!’ Slipping the sphere into his pocket. He almost dragged Victoria over the rocks. ‘Jamie.. began to wriggle out of the pile of rocks. For a moment she hung back.’ said Jamie reassuringly. drawing the sharp. ‘Look!’ The Yeti’s hand was clenching and unclenching slowly.spheres.’ said Jamie. back towards the pile of rock. ‘Come on. ‘Feels like some kind of metal. ‘The thing’s dead right enough! Nothing could survive a ton of rock on its head.. the hand. ‘Dinna be afraid. From inside the cave came a rumble of rock.’ For a moment the two of them stood gasping. let’s get out of here. ‘Come on!’ said Jamie grimly. Before their horrified gaze. ‘What are those things?’ Jamie picked one up.’ Victoria suddenly shivered. and then the savage roar of the Yeti. The lamas didn’t realise that not every problem could be solved by prayer . Suddenly she screamed and clutched at Jamie. Thomni the guard captain was a worried young man as he went along the corridor towards the Doctor’s cell.’ They began running down the mountain slope. afraid to go too near the buried Yeti. fresh air into their lungs. ‘It’s starting to get dark.’ Victoria clambered over the pile of rocks. Victoria looked round in amazement. ‘It’ll be after us any minute. He could sympathise with Khrisong’s impatience. down the tunnel and out into the open air. and part of the arm.’ Jamie nodded. and struggling to free itself. The creature was alive.
’ Thomni stopped.. One known only as—’ ‘As the Doctor?’ interrupted the man on the bed. the last time I visited Det-sen. I’m usually called “The Doctor”. eh? Why is everything so military? You’d think there was a war on.. ‘Indeed? What happened to it?’ ‘It is hard to be sure. Doctor. ‘It’s Thomni. ‘You must be mistaken. The face was gentle and relaxed with something of the serenity of the holy ones themselves about it. What’s going on.. no.’ he said. and threw it open.’ The Doctor sat up on the bed and beamed at him. ‘Until I turned up. That attack was many hundreds of years ago.’ Somehow the name was familiar to Thomni. ‘Er. shall we?’ ‘Khrisong is waiting. that it’s all my fault. And friend Khrisong decided. But even so.’ Thomni stared at him in amazement. isn’t it? Captain of the Guard? By the way. ‘Let’s have a little chat first.. Something about a threatened attack by Chinese bandits. there was trouble.and meditation. It was then that the holy ghanta was lost.. on very slender evidence. But there is a legend that it was given to a mysterious stranger for safe-keeping. Some say that it was stolen by the bandits when they attacked.. ‘No one wants to listen to me. The Yeti have turned on us. ‘Have you come to release me?’ Thomni felt strangely at a disadvantage. that is what we thought until.. ‘You must come with me. sir. .’ ‘So there is—and we are besieged.. Thomni unbolted the door of the cell. as the man on the bed spoke without opening his eyes. At least. to disobey the will of the holy ones in the way that Khrisong was planning. Thomni looked down at him. You seem a reasonable sort of lad. confused.’ ‘What’s come over this place?’ asked the Doctor plaintively. The stranger was sleeping peacefully on the bed.. You know.’ The Doctor smiled.. Thomni jumped.
but the creature from the cave didn’t seem to be following them. He went to the bed and examined the straw mattress. The ghanta which had been lost for over three hundred years. Thomni felt inside. Every now and again. ‘It’s here before us. ‘You said you were called the Doctor!’ The cell burst open and Khrisong entered.. ‘Under straw.Thomni nodded. down the corridor.. a huge shaggy shape could be seen in the gloom. armed monks at his back. a little hole had been picked. All the same.’ gasped Victoria. Jamie and Victoria skidded to a halt. and unwrapped it.. Thomni heard the Doctor whisper. Just where the Doctor had been sitting. Soon they would be safe. As he was bustled out of the cell. he stumbled against Thomni. and covered in shaggy. But as they ran towards the TARDIS. ‘Why this delay? Seize him and take him to the gate!’ The monks grabbed the Doctor and pulled him to his feet. ‘There’s more than one of them!’ Jamie studied the creature cautiously.’ Thomni stopped. she sighed with relief when at last they came in sight of the TARDIS. Jamie and Victoria pelted down the mountainside. Jamie guessed. The legend tells us that the stranger swore to return it. There in his hand was the holy ghanta of Det-sen.. Thomni stood puzzled.’ said Jamie. His fingers touched a little cloth-wrapped bundle. To his astonishment. ‘I see you have studied our history. fascinated by his first clear look at a Yeti.’ Before he could say more. Victoria managed a quick glance over her shoulder. ‘But how can it be—we’d have seen it. about seven or eight feet tall. surprised. Yet he warned that this might not happen for many hundreds of years. He pulled it out. It was massive.’ ‘Then it canna be the same beastie. the Doctor was dragged away. Hand in hand. in the mattress—tell Abbot. puzzled. brown .
even though his fate was under discussion. Jamie and Victoria stumbled down the mountainside towards the Monastery. Khrisong. were gorillalike.’ said the warrior monk furiously. nastiest. All in all.. It stood like a kind of weird sentry. as always. ‘Do not interfere.’ Now too exhausted to run. in spite of its great height. The huge hairy hands. He remembered Victoria’s description — something between a bear. He was the subject of a heated argument between the old lama. Maybe we can find the Doctor and warn him what’s going on. waiting. quite motionless. and the yellow fangs were like those of a bear. and a very angry Khrisong. we canna get back into the TARDIS. The powerful body was immensely broad. We’ll just have to go on—down to this Monastery place. and the black snout. so that the thing seemed somehow squat and lumpy. ‘Jamie. Janie rubbed his chin. Sapan. ‘Did we not agree. The Doctor. dusk was falling. Sapan’s voice was gentle as always. guarded by armed warrior monks.. Khrisong. stood shivering inside his fur coat. But I tell you. holy one. In the Monastery courtyard. Not . ‘Well. I cannot always wait to consult the Abbot before I act. He thought wryly that no one wanted to know what he thought. It was making no attempt to attack them. The little red eyes. thought Jamie. that we would consult the Abbot Songtsen. an ape and a man.’ The Doctor stopped listening as the argument raged on.’ ‘Be reasonable. it was the biggest. we did not agree!’ Khrisong said bitterly.fur. hairiest bcastie he had ever seen. holy one. what are we going to do?’ Jamie looked again at the Yeti. yon beastie’s blocking the way. ‘You decided. before taking further action in this matter?’ ‘No. though they were now quite close. Victoria tugged urgently at his arm.
A curiously furtive movement caught the corner of the Doctor’s eye. ‘Time to find the Yeti.’ Travers shook his head. nothing I can do. Once that boy got the sacred ghanta to the Abbot. They’re men of peace. even though I’m on my own. the armed guards at his elbow. ‘I am not an expedition. Something about a test. as far as the Doctor could make out. Khrisong turned to the Doctor’s guards. Overriding the old lama. and make them savage. Your little expedition stops right here.’ Settling his rucksack on his shoulders.’ ‘You cannot use a human being as live bait. The Doctor turned back to the arguing monks. disappearing into the evening shadows. You won’t get another chance to get in my way. just in time to hear Khrisong say. and I’m not interested in your precious Yeti. Songtsen would put a stop to whatever nonsense Khrisong was planning. I shall tie him to the main doors.’ . If the Yeti come to rescue him. He turned and saw Travers about to slip out of the main door. ‘Travers!’ the Doctor called. He was fully kitted-out for travel. I believe this man may have found some way to control the Yeti.’ Travers laughed. ‘Don’t worry. the monks won’t harm you. ‘Don’t you think all this has gone far enough?’ He indicated the arguing monks. tell them you were mistaken.that he was worried.. ‘Take him outside. and slipped through the main door. a loaded rucksack on his back.. Travers turned away. my warriors will be waiting. These chaps are liable to do something silly.’ The Doctor was indignant. ‘For Heaven’s sake. and tie him to the door. ‘I tell you the stranger is a killer. ‘Sorry.’ Sapan protested.’ ‘What do you expect to gain by all this?’ ‘Time. But you’ve put me in a very nasty position. We have Travers’ word for that.’ said Travers fiercely.
Cupping the ghanta in reverent hands.’ Silently. Thomni looked round for the source of the voice. the ghanta. All around were ornate carvings. yet strong and vigorous too. He looked around him in fear and wonder. and would have walked right past him. The Abbot leaned forward and peered at the little bell. the ghanta cupped in their palms. the . But none were so valuable. that Thomni held. and yet from everywhere in the room. wrinkled old face still and trance-like. Thomni held out his hands. is this not the sacred ghanta which was lost?’ Suddenly another voice spoke. It came from nowhere. consciousness slowly returning to his face. The voice said. ‘What is this? Where did you get it?’ Thomni’s voice was low and reverent. Thomni prostrated himself. Terrified. which closed behind him. But. ‘Master Abbot!’ Songtsen stopped. my son. ‘Master Abbot!’ Thomni whispered again. ‘It is indeed the holy ghanta. Thomni managed to produce a terrified whisper. as the little bronze bell. The room was dimly lit by the prayer lamps. treasured and worshipped through the ages. The Abbot backed away from the Sanctum doors. apart from himself and the Abbot. Thomni froze like a statue as the door of the Inner Sanctum creaked open. The Abbot Songtsen emerged. This was the most sacred place of all. the very heart of the Monastery. statues and hangings. his wise. Thomni crept timidly into the ante-chamber of the Abbot Songtsen. apparently by itself. ‘Thomni—you know well that only I may enter this sacred place. He turned and crossed the Anteroom. Lost to us for three hundred years. He had never dared enter this part of the Monastery before. sacred objects of immense value. Many of the treasures of Det-sen Monastery were here. A look of horror came over the old man’s face as he saw the boy crouching at his feet. He seemed not even to notice Thomni. or so holy. How came you by it?’ Terrified. It was old and wise. There were no windows. ‘Master Abbot.
Khrisong gave a final check to the knots. ‘Bring the ghanta to me—both of you. ‘Place yourself at the windows. the Doctor was being firmly lashed with leather thongs. ‘It is the Master. you know. Yet the power of the speaker’s personality filled the entire room. ‘If your servants attempt to rescue you. ‘Does it occur to you that whatever has been killing your monks might also kill me?’ Khrisong said ironically. The Doctor wondered what was happening to Thomni. The handles of the great doors of Det-sen Monastery were in the form of huge. of course. ‘This is all very point—’ and then gave up. The Doctor sighed wearily. Then. Thomni looked to the Abbot.Anteroom was empty. ‘And there’s something else. and followed the Abbot through the door to the Inner Sanctum. no one’s going to rescue me —least of all an Abominable Snowman.’ Khrisong turned to go back inside the Monastery. It was almost dark now. on the walls. Do not be afraid. He turned to the little group of warriors around him. and indicated that Thomni should follow him. that will be proof of your innocence. we shall slay them!’ The Doctor sighed wearily. we shall rescue you—if we can.’ He turned and went back inside the Monastery. Perhaps he hadn’t even found the ghanta. I assure you. and in cover behind the doors. Padmasambvha. Everything looked odd and sinister in the half-light. Thomni scrambled to his feet. Too frightened to speak.’ As the warrior monks went off to take their places Khrisong looked grimly at the Doctor. The doors opened silently as they approached. ‘This is all very pointless. who said gently.’ yelled the Doctor. bronze rings. And what about Jamie and Victoria? They must be getting .’ The Abbot bowed his head in assent. To one of these rings. Be ready with your bows. ‘If the Yeti attack you. and gloomy shadows covered the mountain path and the area before the Monastery doors.’ The voice spoke again. and nodded in satisfaction.
‘I tell you we canna be lost. Jamie looked round for a weapon. down there... I’m a sort of explorer. Listen!’ Jamie peered through the gloom. would you?’ .pretty bored by now. A shadowy figure loomed up out of the darkness. I’m sure we’re lost again. She stopped and whispered. ‘I might ask you the same. and stood poised and ready.. every rock and boulder seemed a Yeti waiting to pounce. The path leads down the mountain. Jamie. ‘Ever since we set off. you’ve been seeing things.. As the gloom thickened and the shadows grew darker and longer. straining his ears. ‘Oh. ‘My name’s Travers.. there was something.’ ‘I’m not imagining it this time.’ Jamie did his best to sound confident.’ said Victoria. huge and threatening. finding their way back only with difficulty. when the figure spoke. But Jamie was still cautious. Jamie and Victoria were far too frightened to be bored. Several times they had wandered off the snow-covered path. Ahead of us. He grabbed a football-sized rock from the side of the path. Victoria gave a little scream and Jamie was just about to let fly. and heavy breathing. ‘Are you now? You wouldn’t be anything to do with a feller calls himself the Doctor.’ But Victoria wasn’t listening.. a sound of shuffling feet. ‘There’s something moving. you two! What are you doing here?’ Jamie dropped the rock with a sigh of relief. ‘Hey. and the Monastery’s at the bottom.’ Jamic sighed. Sure enough. picking their way down to the Monastery in the fast-gathering gloom.’ he said stoutly.’ ‘We’re on our way to the Monastery. All we’ve got to do is keep going. Victoria clasped Jamie’s hand tighter and wailed. It was no easy task. The figure came nearer and was revealed as a man wearing a rucksack.
’ Travers was almost babbling with excitement.‘Aye..’ He nodded and set off up the path. I met him at the Monastery. His eyes were bright and feverish. But it was nearly dark. ‘Then you can just guide us back there—now. And if this boy had found their lair. ‘I’d watch your step. why don’t you do that. ‘Have you seen him? Is he all right?’ The man laughed. It’s nearly dark. Jamie hesitated. That’s if you want my help tomorrow. There’s some kind of great hairy beasties prowling about. and there was something odd about his manner.’ Jamie pulled his arm away firmly. ‘What’s that. Jamie. Jamie was unmoved.’ said Victoria. Now. I’ve got to. if I were you.’ ‘Come on.’ said Jamie. Mister. Jamie called after the retreating figure. ‘Oh yes. mebbe.’ Travers hesitated. But on one condition. All the same. ‘Yes. it was only fair to warn him.’ Travers glared at him suspiciously.. ‘Ye canna go up there now. ‘You’ve seen the Yeti? You’ve actually found their lair?’ He grabbed Jamie’s arm and tried to pull him off by force.’ said the man. He hadn’t taken to the man at all.’ The man turned and ran back towards them. He’s perfectly all right.’ ‘But I’ve got to find them. ‘I will not. that we would. ‘You’ve got to take me there. I’ve seen enough of those things to last a lifetime.’ ‘Will you take me there tomorrow?’ ‘Aye. man. obviously still wanting to get after the Yeti right away. right away. ‘I expect the monks will give you quite a welcome. then?’ ‘You say you’ve come from the Monastery?’ Travers nodded. . I couldna find the place myself. They live in a cave higher up the mountains. we’d better go and find him.
The Doctor is our friend. You have never entered this room. Thomni. A giant golden statue of the Lord Buddha stood against the far wall. then. He may not be in sympathy with the power that now guides us. He gazed around him wildly. Both had the blank expressionless faces of men under deep hypnosis. In the Anteroom. He did not even notice when the doors of the Sanctum opened and closed behind him of their own accord. The voice spoke again. a transparent tent obscuring the throne and the figure upon it. by the Abbot Songtsen himself. ‘We must make certain. Thomni seemed to wake up with a jerk. the voice of Padmasambvha was saying. Thomni ran from the room. Then he remembered.. ‘We are grateful for the return of our holy ghanta. ‘Remember. upon which was set a kind of ornate golden chair. Travers and said. Jamie took Victoria’s arm grin.‘All right. He might . he turned to leave. Songtsen.. Still in the same trance-like state. Even though he was now seated before them. Thomni and his Abbot stood before the throne. Tell him that the Abbot orders the Doctor’s release. He had been given a most important errand. They both hurried off waited for Jamie to catch up where you found this cave. like a throne. In its centre was a raised dais.’ Travers turned and set off and gave her a reassuring after their guide. In the Sanctum. filling the room. you will go to Khrisong.. these words were spoken by the Abbot. Padmasambvha spoke.’ Thomni bowed again and left. that the Doctor learns nothing of what is happening here. Come on.’ back down the path.. ‘Tell me exactly The Inner Sanctum was even darker and more mysterious than the Anteroom. his voice still seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere. You have never seen me or heard my voice.’ Thomni bowed. There were thin veils arranged in a canopy.
It would be well if he were to depart as soon as possible... The Doctor was starting to feel cold and cramped as he hung in his bonds from the ring on the Monastery door.’ Padmasambvha spoke.even seek to hinder the Great Plan. His voice seemed to come from everywhere and nowhere. .
Your eyes are keen. Travers. waiting high on the walls. behind them. I see them. Others balanced spears. Khrisong and his warriors waited. Look—there’s the Doctor waiting for us by the door. ‘There—coming down the path. watching the three figures running towards them in the darkness. spears and bows ready to hand. But they stood guard bravely. Jamie and Victoria had just seen the lights of the Monastery. bows drawn and ready. ready to hurl. on the mountain path. all of you!’ Khrisong’s archers fitted arrows to their bows. Jamie ran to catch up with her.’ In her excitement.’ Khrisong looked.Khrisong and his warriors were cold and cramped too. brothers. ‘The Yeti are coming. broke into a trot. ‘As soon as they are in bowshot—slay them! Kill them all!’ .’ whispered Khrisong exultantly. ‘There it is. Victoria began to run ahead. Suddenly one of them turned excitedly to Khrisong. ‘Yes. Nearby. On the Monastery walls. Rapalchan! Make ready. Jamie. Three of them.
‘Damn fools—what do they think they’re doing?’ Khrisong meanwhile was leading a picked band of warriors down from the wall. trying to pick out the three shapes running down the mountain path towards him.’ Travers joined them and gazed in amazement at the arrow.’ cried Victoria. They’ll kill you!’ On the mountainside Victoria could just hear the Doctor’s voice. He looked again. he drew his bow and fired. might not Khrisong and his warrior monks do the same? Tired.’ shouted Khrisong. ‘Victoria. bows and spears in their hands. ‘Look. nervous men. and out of the main gate. Jamie.’ ‘We know that. Suddenly a terrifying thought struck the Doctor. Jamie came up beside her. we’re coming!’ she cried. An arrow thudded into the snowy ground at Victoria’s feet. Doctor.4 Jamie Traps a Yeti The Doctor strained his eyes. ‘All right. Perhaps the Yeti really were coming to rescue him. Up on the wall. waiting in the darkness to be attacked. They’d let fly at anything that moved! Frantically the Doctor yelled. the Doctor called. keep back. If he could mistake the three for attacking Yeti. As Khrisong emerged. Of course—Victoria and Jamie! And that looked very like Travers behind them. For a moment the distance and the gloom misled him. then chuckled to himself. a young monk panicked. Without waiting for Khrisong’s order. ‘They’re shooting at us. ‘but your Yeti shall not rescue you!’ . ‘Please! Don’t shoot! Those are friends of mine. ready to do battle with the Yeti. Doctor. and ran even faster. but the wind carried away his actual words.
Khrisong stopped him. Jamie asked Khrisong. We must treat him with all kindness and respect. ‘No.The Doctor strained at his bonds. ignoring the danger. knocking the spear aside. It is Travers!’ Travers puffed up to him angrily. ‘I am sorry.’ Khrisong held up his hand to restrain the warriors. Seize them!’ One of the monks tried to grab Victoria. Travers. It’s safe now.’ one of them muttered. Better to kill.’ Khrisong ignored him. ‘They’re not Yeti. They’re hardly more than children. Furiously.’ Jamie and Victoria ran to the Doctor. ‘So too are you. if you are his friends. Shouldering Jamie and Victoria aside. Khrisong said. spears raised in readiness. You know me!’ ‘Perhaps it is witchcraft. ‘Wait. ‘The Yeti try to trick us with their magic.’ said Khrisong sternly. and be sure. ‘What’s going on? Why’s the Doctor tied up like that?’ ‘He is a suspected criminal. speaking with the voice of Travers. come down. Khrisong. he ran straight at the little group of warriors.’ Travers called over to his two companions. ‘Stop all this nonsense at once —it’s me. Jamie promptly knocked him down. Say they’re friends of the Doctor’s. It was Thomni. Another monk ran out from inside the Monastery. It was a mistake. snatching away his spear. what do you think you’re doing?’ he shouted. Those are the . Bows were drawn.’ he called. ‘Look here. He turned threateningly on the approaching monks. Trouble seemed inevitable. ‘Ready. Who are these others?’ ‘Couple of kids I met on the mountain. ‘It’s all right.’ He raised his spear. ‘I have a message for you from the Abbot. It was Travers who saved them all. ‘Well?’ ‘This man has brought back the sacred ghanta. man. brothers?’ The little band of monks prepared to shoot at the three figures on the path.
’ Khrisong turned in disgust and strode back inside the Monastery. ‘Why did you not tell me of this?’ The Doctor smiled. Isn’t it time you told the truth?’ ‘What truth?’ asked Khrisong sternly. three enormous. Travers. I didn’t mean you to hurt him. You come as well. I’m afraid I misled you. It couldn’t have been the Doctor who attacked me. perhaps. We might all have been killed. Later. Mr. Khrisong. then nodded to one of the monks. ‘An excellent idea. The Doctor rubbed his wrists. when you are rested. I think so. The thing was huge—not human at all. Travers looked thoroughly abashed. shaggy shapes were standing motionless near the mouth of the cave where Jamie and Victoria had been trapped. I just wanted him safely locked up. ‘Doctor. They were using me as Yeti bait. ‘Would you have listened?’ Khrisong glared at him for a moment. Travers. Mr. Suddenly . ‘Are you all right?’ she said. Victoria ran to the Doctor.commands of the Abbot. The monk stepped forward and began cutting the Doctor‘s bonds. Come along. he would like to see you and thank you. The warriors menacing Jamie and Victoria stood back. You may have got us into trouble but at least you helped to get us out. ‘But there might have been.’ Looking sternly at Travers. the Abbot has given orders for comfortable quarters and refreshments to be prepared for you.’ Khrisong swung round on the Doctor. you see! But there’s no real harm done. ‘I’m sorry. ‘Oh. the Doctor continued sternly. All through that ridiculous story of yours. you two. Thomni said apologetically. ‘I’m sure the Abbot meant his words to apply to my friends as well. Shall we go inside?’ The Doctor said. High on the mountainside. A little stiff.’ They all went back inside the Monastery and the great bronze doors clanged to behind them.’ said the Doctor mildly.
to eat and drink anything. As if in obedience to a common command. he seemed ready. about three hundred years ago. The monks confirm it too. and handed it over. Doctor. ‘When was your first visit?’ ‘Oh.’ muttered Jamie. especially since they were both ravenous with hunger. with anyone. ‘When you have rested further the Abbot will wish to see you and thank you. Victoria supposed he must be used to strange foods. A truly splendid meal. Travers poured the Doctor another mug of tea. had been palatable enough.’ He bowed and withdrew.’ ‘Yes. as usual. The pile of yellow rice.’ said Travers. ‘All the reports agree—the creature is shy and timid. you know. Travers had eaten and drunk with gusto.’ The Doctor smiled.’ Jamie and Victoria exchanged glances. anywhere. it is my second visit. lost in thought. Thomni. ‘Well.’ said Travers argumentatively. As for the Doctor. yes.’ Jamie fished it out. ‘You certainly seem to be well in with the monks. it was lovely. In the simple guest room provided by the monks.’ ‘I thought I was one of the first white men to reach here.’ replied the Doctor airily. ‘Jamie. Doctor. towards the Monastery.’ .’ added Victoria. covered with strange meats and vegetables. they began lumbering down the path. unsweetened tea with Yak butter floating in it had been too much for them. The Doctor stared at it. But the milkless. he went on. Ignoring Travers’ astonished reaction. Actually neither of them were very impressed with Tibetan food.they jerked into life. ‘Och. let’s have another look at this sphere you found in the cave. ‘It was verra nice. ‘I still don’t believe those things that attacked us were my Yeti. In the old days the Yeti were hardly ever seen. the Doctor finished a mug of scalding Tibetan tea and sighed with pleasure. Thomni flushed with pleasure at their praise. ‘My thanks to your Abbot.
especially where practical problems were concerned. by the TARDIS. Jamie felt suddenly embarrassed. They all looked at him in surprise. there was a scene of bustle and activity. attacking the camps of the pilgrims and merchants. ‘According to the monks they’ve been killing all sorts of people. and . ‘Go on.’ chimed in Jamie. Jamie. it didna attack at all. ‘They. the Doctor placed the silver sphere which Jamie had given him carefully on the bed. Jamie and Victoria leaped to their feet and followed Thomni from the room. ‘Mr.’ The Doctor sighed. or whoever’s controlling them. quick mind. just as they did mine. Thomni rushed into the room. I’m no’ sure they’re just animals at all. others waited by the doors in case the Yeti should try to break through. It was dark now. I really would. ‘I’d like to see one of these things. What kind of an animal can get smashed over the head with a pile of rocks and scramble out as good as new? And the other one. under the pillow. Khrisong had every available warrior monk armed.’ said the Doctor encouragingly.’ As if in answer to the Doctor’s wish. ‘Yon beastie— there was something awful strange about it. The Yeti are approaching the Monastery!’ Travers. ‘I’ve been thinking. In the torch-lit courtyard. The Doctor and his little party stood on an observation platform.’ said Jamie. Travers nodded. you must come at once. Some were being sent to the observation platform. He knew that although the Scots lad was more of a fighting man than a thinker.’ said the Doctor thoughtfully.‘Yet all at once they’ve become bold and savage. Before he left.’ suggested Victoria. looking out over the walls. Then he followed the others. They’re not natural somehow. and on duty.’ ‘Maybe they don’t want people to come here any more. Doctor. Doctor. he had a shrewd. Travers.
But why should we wish to capture one?’ ‘Because if you can get me one to examine. There’s something about the way they move. The area just before the gates was lit up by blazing torches on the walls. ‘That’s them. But they have never come so close before. Jamie.’ she whispered.’ said Khrisong.they could just make out the bulk of the mountain as it loomed over the Monastery..’ he was muttering. Look at them! Aren’t they magnificent?’ Victoria wasn’t so enthusiastic.’ He handed the binoculars back. ‘You know. Do you think you could capture one for me?’ Jamie chuckled.. ‘Doctor. Doctor?’ Khrisong looked at the Doctor in amazement. ‘When the moon comes from behind those clouds. We can only be ready. I may be able to find out why the Yeti have suddenly become killers. look. ‘Oh. ‘They’re coming nearer.’ And. right enough. ‘At last. A group of shaggy forms. They are very close. where are they?’ grumbled Travers.’ As he spoke the moon began to appear. Then they saw them. ‘Oh. ‘Well. the track leading upwards. Doctor—if we can. The Doctor tapped Khrisong’s shoulder. ‘We will kill them. His face was radiant. ‘Do you think they’ll attack?’ Khrisong’s face was grim. I do wish I could examine one properly. ‘Wait. milling about just beyond the circle of torch-light. aye. Its rays lit up the snow-covered mountain. the lumbering figures seemed to be edging closer and closer to the Monastery gates. ‘At last. Shall we wrap it up for you. ‘There’s a whole gang of them now!’ Travers had a pair of battered binoculars to his eyes. but beyond their circle of light. nothing to it. I .’ said Jamie. indeed. you will see them. I see what you mean.’ The Doctor had taken the binoculars from a reluctant Travers and was staring eagerly at the creatures. ‘I cannot tell. Doctor. it was hard to see anything at all.
‘if Jamie says he can do it—he can do it. Khrisong. I very much hope I can help you. ‘Well. Khrisong. ‘Me. well. I’ve seen him in some very tight corners indeed.. It was filled with long tables and benches. He disobeyed me. ‘Khrisong is a rash and angry man. The lamas looked up to see the Doctor and Victoria standing in the doorway.’ There was a deprecating cough from the doorway. ‘You are little more than a boy. Khrisong and his warriors will protect us. ‘I am sure that the return of the sacred ghanta means better times for us at Det-sen. I’ll need some equipment.’ ‘Och. enough to hold hundreds of monks when they gathered for food and prayer.’ said the Doctor firmly. In fact. ‘I think we’d better get out of the way. Lord Abbot. ‘You have helped us . Victoria.’ The Great Hall was the biggest room in the Monastery. and the help of those warriors of yours. Jamie. a danger?’ said the Doctor. I think I can get hold of one for you.’ Songtsen was saying. Now only a handful of lamas were assembled.’ Khrisong turned to Jamie. ‘You’re really serious. ‘Have faith.’ The Abbot came forward. Doctor? About needing one of those beasties?’ ‘Very much so.’ Khrisong looked dubiously at Jamie. So sure was he that the Doctor was a danger to us. brethren.’ Sapan objected mildly.might even be able to find a way for you to defeat them.’ The Abbot smiled reassuringly.’ ‘Master Abbot.’ Sapan frowned. boy. what do you need?’ ‘Come on. ‘Do not fear..’ Jamie cleared his throat.’ ‘Believe me.’ said the Doctor. It’s time we paid our respects to the Abbot Songtsen. ‘even now the Yeti gather at our gates to attack us. ‘I can assure you I’m not. smiling.
and spread it on the ground just under the wall. and Travers too. Jamie had taken charge of things with a will. All the available ropes in the Monastery had been woven together into a sort of tangled cat’s cradle. ‘Och.’ Travers nodded determinedly. Under Jamie’s instructions. ‘when you hear me yell “Now!”. and dinna let go. Jamie looked at the outspread net. long ropes tied to each corner. he had all the warrior monks. He did the same thing with the ropes at the other three corners of the improvised net. ‘Ready inside?’ He grabbed one of the long ropes attached to a corner. and went outside where Khrisong and Thomni were waiting. ‘Our prayers go . If the beastie gets loose. went back inside. Quickly. The rope goes over there. ‘All we need now is a Yeti. ‘Remember. ‘Off you go. and threw it over the wall. Jamie waited a moment then yelled. Then tie it there. A couple of brawny young monks had hold of each rope.greatly already. a party of monks carried the net out through the doors. ‘Right. The ends of the four ropes were now dangling over the wall inside the courtyard. half resentful and half amused. The improvised net lay spread out in the courtyard. the lot of you. we shall all be for it. assembling a kind of improvised net. Jamie dashed back inside the courtyard to check. And make those knots good ones. stranger. Khrisong looked on.’ At last the work was complete. by returning the sacred ghanta.’ said Jamie. ‘I’ll just awa’ and whistle one up!’ ‘You are brave. We owe you much. Doctor.’ said Jamie grimly. coiled it. all except for Thomni and Khrisong. as Jamie harried the monks into doing exactly what he wanted. the ropes at each corner stretching away over the wall. both armed with heavy spears.’ said Thomni. no. Jamie grabbed a flaming torch from the wall. ye great loon. Travers was in charge of them. Except for a few sentries.’ The monks.’ he said cheerfully. tug with all your might.’ In the Monastery courtyard. and under here.
Khrisong and Thomni ran forward. sometimes advancing. turned. Jamie ducked. He picked the nearest Yeti. the great clawed hands reaching out. Jamie held up his torch. and was reflected fierily in its little red eyes. Jamie. thrusting at the Yeti with their spears.. Just like the one outside the TARDIS. Jamie summoned up all his courage. Jamie set off up the mountain path towards the waiting Yeti.’ Holding his blazing torch in front of him. thought Jamie.. He timed his speed carefully. where Khrisong and Thomni waited. so I will!’ He thrust the flaming torchlight right under the Yeti’s nose. when he slipped and fell on the icy ground. The Yeti loomed over him. close enough to singe its whiskers. He didn’t want the beast to get discouraged and give up. and marched boldly towards it. lay helpless on the ground. ye great hairy loon. Jamie was almost there. A giant. Even when he was almost within touching distance. and ran back down the path at full speed. I’ll have you for a doormat. The Yeti stood motionless as he approached. shattering Thomni’s spear at a single blow. but never far away. and yelled at the top of his voice. . All this time the little group of Yeti had stayed on the mountain. jabbing and thrusting with his spear while Thomni helped Jamie to his feet. Now if he could only lure the creature on to the net. Jamie whistled to keep his spirits up as he came closer to them. sometimes retreating. Soon Jamie was nearly at the Monastery gates. With a nerve-shattering roar the Yeti came to life.with you. spears in hand. Khrisong held it off alone. ‘Garr. hairy hand aimed a savage slash at Jamie’s head. He could hear the angry howls of the Yeti as it lumbered after him. the breath knocked out of him. The light glinted on the Yeti’s yellow fangs. The creature whirled round on them. the creature didn’t move. letting the Yeti get as close as he could without actually being caught.
None of their blows had the slightest effect. get back!’ shouted Jamie. To make matters worse. With the Yeti hanging almost at the top of the high wall. The Yeti thrashed about frenziedly in the tangle of ropes. to his horror. no one told the monks inside the courtyard to stop pulling. when suddenly he saw that it was already too late. Jamie saw some of the ropes beginning to fray and snap. Jamie nodded. but his blows had no effect. Let’s get the puir beastie inside.’ said Thomni. ‘They’ll pull it over the top and inside with them in a minute. It was slammed against the wall. and. The entangled monster was jerked higher and higher up the wall. then tugged higher and higher off the ground. In the courtyard.’ thought Jamie.’ . ‘Khrisong. He was forced to fall back before the attacking monster. Travers shouted ‘Heave!’ The warrior monks pulled hard on the ropes. The net was coming apart like a wet paper bag. ‘and the beast’s alive and kicking!’ He turned to go and warn the monks in the courtyard. It ripped savagely at the net and. it flew to pieces. More armed monks ran from the courtyard and began belabouring the Yeti with swords. but it’s worked out well enough. Cautiously the ring of warrior monks approached it. the Yeti was lifted off its feet. ‘It wasna just as I’d planned it. caught in the net. The maddened creature still continued its thrashing and roaring. ‘The thing is dead. The corner ropes jerked taut. It advanced until it was standing right on the net. There was a tremendous thud as the Yeti slammed down on to the icy ground below. Come on. and lay completely still. The Yeti lumbered further and further forward. roaring with rage. until it was out of reach of those attacking it from below. With a final spear-thrust Khrisong leaped backwards. and Jamie gave a mighty yell of ‘Now!’ at the top of his voice. spears and clubs. Khrisong jabbed it with his spear.Khrisong fought hard. The Yeti didn’t stir.
moving with one accord.‘Heave!’ As the monks began to drag the Yeti into the courtyard. Jamie turned and looked up the mountain path. watching. Then. The little group of Yeti stood motionless. they turned and shambled into the .
saying he couldn’t work in the middle of a Rugby scrum. ‘The thing is. Victoria and the Doctor had come running at the news of the Yeti’s capture. Look!’ He beckoned them forward and indicated a place on the massive arm. In the Great Hall. But the Doctor had chased them away. Doctor?’ Travers asked. ‘It is witchcraft. ‘why did it stop working?’ He returned to his examination. Jamie. ‘Maybe something inside it got broken in the fall?’ . for the Doctor had called for extra torches. ‘The thing is a servant of the devil. The Doctor leaned over the prostrate Yeti. Victoria. Jamie turned and followed the monks inside. pressing it down further into the icy mud. One of the warrior monks began clearing up the remains of the broken net from the place where the Yeti had fallen. Khrisong and Thomni were allowed to stay.’ The Doctor shook his head. She stood well at the back of the little group. The Hall was brightly lit.’ ‘No wonder we couldna kill it with spears. ‘Well. his sandalled foot came down on a little silver sphere.’ said Jamie. Travers. and she had scolded Jamie for taking such terrible risks. Outside waited a hushed group of monks and lamas. I can tell you one thing. I think.’ the Doctor added. eager to see the captured Yeti. Only Travers. Victoria thought he looked rather like a surgeon at the operating table. ‘Not quite. Beneath it they could see the unmistakable glint of metal. the Yeti lay stretched out on the huge central dining table. He had removed a patch of fur.’ snarled Khrisong. It’s some kind of robot. even if it was dead.darkness. ‘Then what is it. This creature isn’t flesh and blood. ‘You were right—it’s not your Abominable Snowman after all. She wasn’t going to get too close to the Yeti. The Doctor looked up. As he did so. At first they had all crowded round the table.’ said the Doctor.
’ Outside the Monastery. on his way to clear away the remains of the Doctor’s meal. . Jamie. the Doctor prised open a little trapdoor. moving inch by inch towards its ultimate destination—the ‘dead’ Yeti on the table in the Great Hall. ‘No. In the Doctor’s quarters. ‘it could come to life?’ The Doctor nodded gravely. When you trapped it. lend me your knife. But the icy mud held it gripped fast. As he approached. Slipping the point into a crevice in the fur. The Doctor was examining the fur on the creature’s massive chest. pulsed with a signal. ‘Wait a moment. Once the monk had gone. It. It had a long way to go. Jamie. the sphere resumed its journey.’ he muttered. empty space. It began to pulse rhythmically.suggested Victoria. on to the floor and out of the room. the little silver sphere came to life.’ said Victoria. Then it rolled slowly from the bed. trying to free itself. revealing a hollow. But it would get there in the end. and passed it to the Doctor. A kitchen monk came along the corridor. sending out some kind of signal.’ ‘So if it gets its control unit back. ‘Yes. ‘Jamie.’ Jamie slipped the dagger from his stocking. ‘There’s nothing in there. That‘s why it went dead. The Great Hall was in a distant part of the Monastery. the silver sphere embedded in the ground stirred feebly.’ said Jamie slowly. you must have dislodged its control unit. too. but there should be. the little sphere rolled into a dark corner. I think it could.
The Doctor looked up at him impatiently. why ever not?’ ‘You say someone made this creature and sent it against us? Why? Who wishes harm to the monks of Det-sen? I will trust no stranger until these questions are answered. The Doctor shook his head.5 The Secret of the Inner Sanctum Hands deep in his pockets. suddenly in a great hurry. It’s far too dangerous to be left around. I will not allow it. the Doctor paced up and down the Great Hall. Think I’ll get some sleep. ‘We’ve got to find that control unit. ‘Come on. ‘Where are you going?’ demanded Khrisong sternly. Especially now we’ve brought it in here with us. he’s an obstinate fellow.’ He set off briskly for the door.’ ‘No. ‘why won’t you let us help you?’ ‘I do not need your help. Thomni. ‘You’re telling me. ‘My word.’ Travers cleared his throat. Nothing more we can do.’ said the Doctor patiently. ‘No one is to leave the Monastery.’ said the Doctor.’ Jamie glared at Khrisong furiously. Still.’ ‘Exactly. he could hear Khrisong talking to the sentry. ‘My dear chap. He ran along the corridor and out into the courtyard. Over by the closed and barred door. ‘To have a look outside the gates. The Yeti are even more . We dinna want yon beastie coming to life again. ‘Have we no’ convinced you yet? We’re on your side!’ ‘Khrisong. And be watchful. but the tall figure of Khrisong barred his way.’ Travers bustled from the room.’ Jamie nodded in vigorous agreement. ‘Afraid you’re right.’ Khrisong turned and strode from the room. Doctor. ’Night everybody. that’s it. guard these strangers well.’ The Doctor sighed.
the Doctor was getting nowhere. ‘We know now that the creatures who’ve been attacking you are robots.dangerous than we feared. I will not allow anyone to leave.’ he said quietly. I must know. Perhaps there may still be some real Yeti there. Anyone may be controlling these monsters. ‘I’m sorry. Then. ‘Thank you. He wandered back to the table where the Yeti lay stretched . and strode away. I’ve always said the Yeti were timid and harmless. Good night. Khrisong. He saw the sentry glance towards them. ‘I myself would trust you. You’ve got to let me go out and find their cave.’ ‘I suppose you must.’ Khrisong stared at him as if he were mad. thanks again. Even you.’ As Khrisong strode back across the courtyard. you know. ‘For making me see sense.’ Khrisong paused reluctantly. Send men to fasten with chains the one that we captured.’ he said. Thank you very much!’ said Travers in a suddenly loud voice. old chap. Doctor. ‘I’m not one of your monks. then walked quickly across to the sentry at the gate.’ ‘No.’ said the Doctor sadly. not far away. raising his voice again.’ said Travers truculently. Travers waited until he was out of sight.’ ‘You can’t give me orders.’ said Thomni firmly. ‘Well. And I say no one is to leave. He glanced over at the sentry. Travers smiled. then a sudden thought struck him. ‘Why do you thank me?’ snapped Khrisong. ‘Khrisong! I must talk to you. They’re not the real Yeti at all. Otherwise the whole point of my expedition will be lost. ‘I’ve just been having a word with Khrisong. Travers intercepted him. ‘Well?’ Travers’ voice was low and urgent.’ In the Great Hall.’ Travers was about to argue further.’ ‘I command here. But I must obey the orders of Khrisong. ‘He’s given me permission to leave the Monastery.
‘I’m an idiot. An absolute imbecile. the way he rushed off. isn’t it?’ The Doctor nodded.’ said Jamie when they had finished. In his room. the Doctor was rummaging frantically on his bed.’ ‘Aye.’ said Victoria timidly. moved slowly on its way. ‘Well. ‘It could be one of those control units too!’ The Doctor struck his forehead and groaned.. ‘that silver sphere thing we took from the cave. Once they were gone. much like the Doctor’s.. ‘I thought it was odd.’ At the sound of their approaching feet in the corridor. they hurried down the endless corridors of the rambling old Monastery. of course.’ said Jamie excitedly. the little silver sphere rolled swiftly under the base of a statue of Buddha which stood nearby. Let’s go and find it.’ ‘Travers!’ said Victoria suddenly.’ ‘It does seem a possibility. it’s no’ here now. ‘Someone must have taken it. too.’ said Thomni. ‘That’s right.’ He led them a little way along the corridor to a small bare room. Why do you ask?’ ‘Well.’ said . ‘It’s a good job you’re with us. so it would. on the way back to the Doctor’s room. ‘It is next to yours. just under the pillow.’ said Victoria. I know I did!’ Victoria and Jamie joined in the search. that was round.out.’ Guided by a puzzled but helpful Thomni. You’re quite right. and. The Doctor and his party hurried past. ‘This place is a real rabbitwarren.’ ‘I will take you to his room. hugging the darkest corners. the sphere rolled from under the statue. ‘that space you found in the Yeti’s chest—it’s round. ‘You see. my dear.’ agreed the Doctor. ‘I left it here.’ gasped Victoria. It would just about fit in that space. ‘I hate to accuse anyone without proof—but perhaps we’d better ask him. ‘Doctor.
the Doctor said thoughtfully. Captain.. please?’ As they walked across the courtyard. He has tricked you. he’s probably trying to leave the Monastery. With the Abbot Songtsen at his side. I think. Since he isn’t in his room.’ ‘We could search the place. ‘It was some time ago. The Doctor rushed up to the sentry at the doors. he’ll have it on him. Travers.. Will you come with me. the Doctor was being far too trusting. If he has taken it. ‘At the main gate. one thing’s certain. ‘Have you seen Mr. Lord Abbot.’ said Jamie. they reached the courtyard. He is with the Abbot Songtsen. ‘Out of the Monastery?’ ‘Yes. Or with taking the sphere come to that.’ ‘All verra well.’ she told him.Victoria triumphantly.’ Khrisong stopped . ‘We must inform Khrisong of what has happened. by any chance?’ The sentry nodded. the little silver sphere was doing exactly that. The Doctor frowned. ‘He’s not here—and he said he was going to sleep. He has gone now. ‘The monster is here.’ After another dash along the corridors. ‘I still can’t believe Travers has anything to do with controlling these robots. I have had it fastened down with chains. We’ll have to find him. Doctor. ‘That sphere couldn’t have moved off on its own.’ Victoria looked at him affectionately.’ ‘That is impossible. As usual. ‘Well. ‘but where do we start in a place this size?’ The Doctor was already on his way to the door. Khrisong strode into the Great Hall. He always found it hard to think ill of anybody. He told me Khrisong had given his permission.’ suggested Jamie. ‘I don’t think that would be any use.’ She had no idea that.’ ‘Gone?’ snapped Thomni. in a corridor not far away.’ Thomni turned to the Doctor.
‘They are constructing a ghost trap.’ Khrisong pointed to the heavy chains which now fastened the Yeti to the great stone table. my son. ‘I am sorry. ‘See. Khrisong shouted after him. which completely surrounded the prostrate body of the Yeti.’ said the Abbot gently. You must not . my brethren?’ Sapan nodded proudly. Sapan. ‘And such is our adversary.’ Khrisong looked rather ashamed of himself.’ he reproved.short at the sight of Sapan and Rinchen. The two old lamas were building an elaborate framework of wood and coloured threads.’ Songtsen held up a restraining hand. Only the truth can make them sharp. It is against these creatures that I must protect you. to restrain its evil.’ ‘Harsh words are like blunted arrows. The protection of the Monastery is in my hands. my son.’ he said. he followed his friend clown the corridor.’ ‘I know. my Abbot. Sapan paused by the door. And with this parting shot. Sapan. Your task is not an easy one. ‘I think my chains will be of more use. Lord Abbot. ‘What are you doing?’ Khrisong asked impatiently The Abbot smiled. Khrisong. my son.’ He gestured angrily towards the monster. Offended. ‘You should never have allowed this monster to be brought into the Monastery.’ Khrisong laughed. Is it not so. ‘Can I combat this with mildness?’ ‘Our ways are the ways of peace. Sagan and his fellow lamas find much fault in me of late. my Abbot. Khrisong. Khrisong. ‘What I allow is my business. ‘You are wise. My life is nothing if I fail.’ ‘I have only tried to do my duty. ‘We have built a spirit trap about the monster. the two old lamas prepared to go. ‘Gently. my Abbot. still terrifying as it lay motionless.’ ‘It was well thought of.’ Khrisong gazed down at the tethered Yeti.
in the Holy Sanctum. the Doctor and Jamie following him. I merely wish to make sure that you do not vanish also. in a distant faraway voice. Khrisong marched to the door. .’ said Jamie.’ Moving like a sleep-walker. Master. in the classic position for meditation. the Abbot rose and walked slowly from the room. But above him is the Most Holy Padmasambvha. ‘Khrisong! Did you give Travers permission to leave the Monastery?’ ‘Of course not. as suddenly the old Abbot spoke. followed by Thomni. still sitting motionless. Doctor. We must leave him.seek to change them. ‘Going to let me help at last. There is no other way. ‘To our Master. he’s awa’. Padmasambvha. Jamie and Victoria.’ ‘What’s he like?’ asked Victoria curiously. It is merely obscured to our simple minds.’ whispered Thomni reverently.’ ‘Your Master? I thought the Abbot was in charge?’ ‘And so he is. faraway expression came over the old Abbot’s face. are you?’ ‘No. ‘He is in a trance. who didn’t appear even to see him. Briefly the Doctor explained what had happened. She rather liked the shy young warrior monk. With a quick glance at Songtsen.’ Victoria jumped. the Doctor said.’ ‘Well. Victoria hung back for a word with Thomni. ‘Is he all right?’ ‘Oh yes. Doctor. my Abbot. ‘Who was he talking to?’ whispered Victoria Thomni’s voice was hushed in awe. who rules us all.’ With that. Khrisong strode from the room. I will obey. Padmasambvha. I come.’ The Abbot sank cross-legged to the floor. The Doctor rushed into the room.’ The Doctor looked pleased. ‘There is. She indicated the Abbot.’ A strange. ‘Yes.’ ‘I fight to preserve them. I will seek guidance of our Master. ‘You will come with me.
’ ‘You are a fool. Path of obedience. ‘Forever. ‘Most certainly not. ‘Very well. You will be safe there. I think I must take you to your room. ‘No.. I heard him thank you. ‘Can’t we go to this Sanctum place. I have never seen him.’ A look of mischief came over Victoria’s face. what’s done is done. as Thomni marched her off.’ For a long moment. At the main gate the unfortunate sentry was wishing he had never been born. Smiling meekly at Thomni she followed him down the corridor. ‘How long has he been here?’ Thomni shrugged. considering.’ interrupted the Doctor ‘The important thing is that we examine a control unit. It is forbidden. Naturally.’ Thomni believed he was speaking the truth—his visit to the Inner Sanctum had been wiped from his mind. He was very nice.. till your friends return to look after you. The one Jamie brought down from the mountains has vanished. Khrisong. I do not. Only the Abbot may enter the Sanctum. but he really was rather a stick-in-themud. But for the moment she said nothing. Now. He is ageless. Victoria.’ ‘Aye. as the sentry opened the . that’s right.’ Jamie watched resentfully. It canna be far. I will go. perhaps.’ Jamie sighed with relief. ‘But I saw you speak to him. and made for the doors.’ snapped Khrisong.’ Victoria sighed to herself. Then he nodded. Khrisong stood silent. indeed. ‘So you’ve got to let us go outside and look for the other one—the one that fell from the Yeti when we trapped it. ‘No. Victoria had her own ideas about that.‘I do not know.’ Jamie joined in. ‘Well.’ ‘Don’t you want to know what your Master looks like? Surely you do?’ Thomni was firm. and I have been brought up in the path of obedience. and take a peep at him?’ Thomni was appalled. I thought. Khrisong held up a forbidding hand.
as the old Master focussed the power of his will on the symbolic map. He was shivering with a mixture of excitement and terror. Jamie. Songtsen. held in a trance by the force of his Master’s will. the mountain. and all the surrounding terrain. ‘The Doctor is wise. ‘At least someone’s looking for the thing. Padmasambvha stretched out a withered. as I control yours.’ said Padmasambvha softly. the kind that might have been used to hold a chessboard. some other being. models of the Yeti. I cannot control it. Then the hand picked up first one and then another of the Yeti models. It was as though something else. Travers watched as the two Yeti moved away. the two Yeti began lumbering towards the Monastery. Crouched behind a nearby boulder. Little figures stood on the map. For a moment.’ said the Doctor consolingly. dark mountainside two Yeti were standing. spoke through the old monk’s mouth. and moved them from a position on the lower slopes of the mountain to one very close to the Monastery doors. He got up.’ There was a hint of something cold and gloating in the thin. The Abbot Songtsen was beside him. There was a small table just before him. old voice. each about three inches high. At the precise moment that Padmasambvha’s withered hand moved their model counterparts. ‘Never mind.’ . ‘I must make sure that the Great Plan is imperilled no further.’ Not far away.doors just enough for Khrisong to slip out into the night. Out on the cold. On it there stood instead a kind of model landscape—a relief-map of the Monastery. in the hush of the Inner Sanctum. the hand hovered over the board. claw-like hand. ‘His eyes are not closed in ignorance. eyes glazed and face blank. Padmasambvha sat brooding. But his mind is too complex. and continued his journey up the mountain. a dark shape stirred. Padmasambvha looked up from the board.
unaware of the two giant. In the circle of torchlight outside the Monastery doors Khrisong continued his search. This time they were almost at the Monastery doors. . shaggy forms moving closer and closer.Again the withered hand stretched out and moved the two Yeti.
Khrisong dashed forward. Khrisong jumped back. heavy man. ‘Leave it. In the torchlight they could see Kluisong. two Yeti loomed out of the darkness. like a doll in the hand of a careless child. ‘Come back in. Khrisong!’ the Doctor shouted. only to find the second Yeti barring his way. ‘Khrisong. but the Yeti held him dangling in the air. But surely it was too round. Khrisong stooped down.’ But in an act of lunatic courage. and emitted a high-pitched note. methodically searching the trampled ground in the area where the Yeti had fallen. The sphere gave out a second high-pitched note. Khrisong screamed with pain. Suddenly the sphere glowed in his hand.6 A Yeti Comes to Life! The Doctor and Jamie peered anxiously out of the Monastery door. the Doctor shouted a warning. Suddenly. ‘You will stay where you are. but he was utterly helpless. ‘Khrisong! Look out! Yeti!’ Khrisong looked up to see the two giant shapes bearing down on him. barring their exit. With terrifying speed a massive paw shot out and grabbed his wrist. The Yeti came menacingly on. twisting and thrashing about. At his feet was something that looked like a large pebble. snatching up the sphere from under the Yeti’s feet. too smooth? He prised it from the icy mud. and scraped it clean. From the gateway. As if in response to a signal. dropping the sphere in amazement. Khrisong was a big. . He backed away in horror. you don’t stand a chance.’ called the Doctor. Then suddenly he stopped. holding his ground.’ The sentry raised his spear. He turned to run for the doors. ‘Why don’t you let us come out and give you a hand?’ ‘No!’ Khrisong shouted back.
’ ‘Did ye hear the screech it gave?’ demanded Jamie. A shout from the Doctor summoned more warrior monks. He looked at the Doctor in puzzlement.’ Jamie agreed. all of you. and threw him to the ground like a discarded toy. Before the Doctor could reply. rubbing his brawny arm. Khrisong struggled angrily to his feet. The Doctor and Jamie lowered the burly Khrisong to the ground.’ Soon everyone was back inside and the doors were barred once more.’ ‘Aye. ‘Why did they just leave? They had us at their mercy. Doctor. ‘Just a little bruising. half-carried Khrisong back through the Monastery gates. They didn’t want to fight.’ ‘Because they got what they came for. boy.’ Khrisong frowned. ‘Don’t follow them. The Doctor and Jamie half-dragged. Ignoring the attacking warriors. ‘That was the daftest thing I ever saw—and the bravest. and they too ran out to the rescue. They had to get it back.Jamie snatched the spear from the sentry’s grasp. .’ the Doctor said. clearly embedded in the flesh. the warriors began to rain blows upon the two Yeti. ‘Of course I’m all right. they were after that control unit. ‘Inside. ‘You’re lucky you weren’t killed. who responded with savage roars and slashing blows. You can’t hurt them. ‘You speak as though these monsters were intelligent.’ explained the Doctor. Led by Jamie. ‘Is he all right?’ asked Jamie. I imagine. the two Yeti turned and disappeared into the darkness.’ ‘They’re being controlled.’ Khrisong ignored this.’ he growled. The one holding Khrisong wrenched the sphere from his hand.’ the Doctor yelled to the warrior monks. and ran out of the gates. The Doctor examined it—the marks of the Yeti’s paws could be seen. ‘Somehow that sphere was important to them. you’ll just get killed for nothing.
’ With the Doctor in his huge fur coat. signals can be traced.’ ‘Then you must fetch it at once. Khrisong was waiting by the gate.’ The Doctor looked significantly at Jamie. ‘Probably wandering around somewhere. ‘Let’s just get our coats. camp. Songtsen.’ ‘We’ll try not to let you down. Call me if there is news. and Jamie in his anorak. Padmasambvha gestured towards the board.’ he murmured gruffly. It seemed to glow with a sort of inner fire.’ declared Khrisong. My warriors are powerless. ‘Let no one pass. ‘I’m afraid we’ve got to get back to the TARDIS. they returned to the courtyard. In it was a small transparent pyramid. ‘I have no choice. I must trust you. Take this pyramid. I’m afraid. some way up the mountainside.’ Padmasambvha looked up from his board.’ said the Doctor. and we’ll be on our way.’ ‘You have such equipment?’ asked Khrisong. Doctor.’ Turning to Khrisong he explained. er. ‘Good fortune go with you. I shall be in my quarters. which I . ‘All my equipment is in my. Jamie looked at him in amazement.’ said Jamie. She’d only worry. where three of the little Yeti models were grouped together. ‘You’re letting us go? Just like that?’ Khrisong looked a very shaken man.’ They ran back to their rooms and struggled into warm clothing. and Jamie and the Doctor slipped out into the night. Nov I have a task for you.‘Some kind of signal—and that’s a help.’ The old Master held out his hand. ‘Yes. There was no sign of Victoria. as he answered. ‘The Yeti have accomplished their task. ‘These three Yeti are waiting to escort you. ‘Maybe it’s better if she doesna know where we’re going. At Khrisong’s signal the door was unbarred and opened. but not here. as though there was a kind of life within it. Jamie. Khrisong said to the sentry. With the right kind of equipment.
Its wanderings in space will be over. He looked round.have prepared. You will remember nothing. ‘Jamie. Every now and again. ‘You will open the doors and let me pass. The Abbot glided along the corridors of the Monastery. faraway voice. ghostly moonlight. he resumed his watch. A cold wind howled round them. Songtsen said. to the cave. look!’ A little . Jamie thought he could hear someone behind them. and my task will be done. Immediately the sentry stood motionless. and crossed the courtyard to the main gate. the Great Intelligence will have its focus on this planet. Then. ‘And no wonder. Once again the doors opened and closed behind him of their own accord. They were doing their best to keep a look-out in all directions at once. The Abbot passed through.’ he thought. or bathed in sinister. Surprised to see his Abbot. The sentry closed and barred the doors again. ‘Must have dozed off. ‘Lucky Khrisong wasn’t around. took the strangely glowing pyramid. Songtsen!’ The Abbot bowed. Then he seemed to wake with a start. waiting. Go now. The Doctor and Jamie trudged wearily up the mountain path. Their footsteps sounded very loud as they crunched through the frozen snow. so that they were alternately plunged in pitch darkness. The moon kept drifting in and out of black clouds.’ Confident that all was well. You will close them behind me. As the man straightened up. the sentry bowed.’ The sentry moved at once to the doors and opened them. For a brief moment he stood motionless again. Songtsen passed a hand lightly across his face. and left the Sanctum. but when he stopped to listen the sound had gone. ‘Och. Surely we’re getting near the TARDIS by now?’ The Doctor came to a sudden halt. reassured to see that all was quiet and normal.’ he thought. I’m just getting jumpy. In a quiet. neither of them feeling very happy.
way ahead. let’s get to the TARDIS while we still can. and what if someone switches them on while you’re doing it? Come on. just off the main path. They formed themselves round him in a kind of hollow triangle. she had decided to go and hunt for the mysterious Inner Sanctum. Happy . The Yeti jerked into life. Bored with waiting in her room. With the same gliding. all deserted. She had long ago abandoned her plan to look for Padmasambvha. She had looked in dormitory after dormitory.. ‘Maybe they’re switched off. Almost immediately she had become lost. Victoria wandered round the echoing corridors. Suddenly she saw a gleam of light ahead. looking back at the three Yeti until a turn in the path hid them from sight. ‘They’re not moving. ‘I suppose you’re right. and a little frightened. Bored. all now confused and identical in her mind.’ Jamie tugged at his arm. She remembered Thomni telling her that most of the monks had been sent to other Monasteries for safety. completely motionless.. heading for the cave of the Yeti. The Monastery seemed to be almost empty. His sandalled feet made almost no sound. After a few minutes the Abbot Songtsen came softly up the path. down dusty staircases and through echoing halls.’ The two moved off.’ whispered the Doctor. the Abbot Songtsen struck off away from the main path. He held out the glowing pyramid in his palms. and would have been happy to settle for finding her own room again. ‘Aye. The three Yeti stood in the same spot.’ The Doctor sighed. If I could just examine. She had wandered along corridors. She ran forward and found herself at the entrance to the Great Hall. stood the still forms of three Yeti. With his three strange escorts surrounding him. sleep-walking motion he went up to the three Yeti. and in spite of his thin robes he didn’t appear to feel the biting cold.
except for the giant bulk of the Yeti stretched out on the table at the far end. Victoria’s hand began to stretch out towards the Yeti. and Victoria pulled back her hand. she crept inside. Before she knew what was happening. As she was about to leave. Then the little red eyes of the Yeti snapped open.to be back on familiar ground. she saw the empty cavity that the Doctor had found in its chest. The little sphere would just fit inside. she had slipped the silver ball into the little space on the Yeti’s chest. She looked in puzzlement at the complicated arrangement of wood and coloured threads surrounding it. she saw something silvery moving at her feet. The cavity snapped shut. ‘Now how did you get all the way over here?’ she said. she thought. It began thrashing about in its bonds. It was the little silver sphere that Jamie had brought from the mountain. and gave out a high-pitched signal. Victoria saw that the heavy chains were snapping almost as easily as the coloured threads of the ghost trap. To her horror. For a moment nothing happened. and the sphere pulsed with light. half-fascinated. The huge room was empty. Victoria felt as though the sphere was moving her hand. In a matter of minutes the Yeti would be free! . shattering Sapan’s spirit trap to pieces. She bent down and picked it up. rather than she the sphere. and with relief at the chains that fastened it to the table. half-fearful. As she glanced at the stretched-out Yeti. Victoria walked towards it.
and started making for Victoria. dashing in just as the Yeti broke through the last of its chains. but the Yeti didn’t even pause. He smashed it down on the Yeti’s head. but the Yeti roared angrily. Then it slashed out at Thomni. The Yeti burst through them. He swung back the incenseholder for a second blow. Several of the warriors struck at the monster with swords or spears. Ignoring him. ‘What has happened? Why are you screaming?’ . and the main body of the warriors. and prepared to use it as a club. Fetch Khrisong!’ As Victoria ran down the corridor. run. Victoria. Khrisong gripped her wrists fiercely.7 A Plan to Conquer Earth Not for the first time. the Yeti twisted it in two like a wax candle. He grabbed the frightened girl. Victoria’s well-developed lungs came to her rescue. she let out a series of ear-splitting screams that echoed through every corridor of the Monastery. Thomni was first into the Great Hall. it shambled purposefully down the corridor. Grasping the heavy metal pillar in both paws. Leaving a pile of wounded and bleeding warriors behind it. ‘Run. The glancing blow sent him spinning across the room and he crashed into a stone pillar. The blow landed with a tremendous impact that jarred Thomni’s arms. Warriors and lamas came running from every direction. almost as tall as himself. Too frightened to move. its sweeping blows smashing men to one side and the other. and wrenched it from his grasp. the Yeti made for the doorway. As Victoria reached the courtyard she met Khrisong. Thomni’s attack had delayed it long enough to allow a little group of warrior monks to arrive. and bundled her into the corridor. Thomni grabbed a heavy bronze incense-holder.
Khrisong smiled in grim satisfaction. It’s broken free. and began moving towards the barred main doors.’ called Thomni. They didn’t have the slightest effect.’ Suddenly the Yeti appeared from the cloisters. Bowman after bowman loosed his arrows at point-blank range. ‘It’s true.. ‘It’s all my fault—I put back the sphere.’ yelled Khrisong furiously.’ she sobbed. It simply continued its progress towards the main doors. ‘They’ll all be killed. ‘This time we shall destroy it. Running to the main doors. It’s a robot. brothers. The Yeti seemed almost uninterested in its human opponents.’ Thomni watched the useless battle for a moment. ‘Let it go. even axes simply rebounded from the monster’s body. and saw that she was right. ‘We must destroy it. ‘You’ve got to stop them. and collapsed against them. as the Doctor and Jamie toiled up the .’ ‘No.. he unbarred them. Thomni. a single smashing blow from the Yeti put him out of the fight. Dawn was breaking. slammed the doors shut after it. Arrows thudded into the Yeti’s hide until it looked like a porcupine. his face covered with blood. Savage blows from spears. swords.’ she screamed.’ Hurling aside the warriors in its way. ‘Close the doors. They can’t hurt it. It isn’t alive. Victoria saw Thomni stagger into the courtyard. panting for breath! All around. helped by some of the other monks. Whenever a rash warrior got too close. Khrisong! It’s alive. Attack!’ Victoria crouched sobbing in a corner as Khrisong and his warriors fought their gallant and useless battle. and flung them wide.‘The Yeti. the courtyard was a shambles of dead and wounded men. Immediately the Yeti began heading towards them.’ Khrisong stared at her in disbelief. or it will kill us all. the Yeti lumbered through the open doors and and out into the night.
I can feel it. Although the Doctor was small in stature. It was a beautiful and spectacular sight to see the sun rising over the snow-covered peaks. It’s all too quiet. ‘What’s the matter. well. ‘I still don’t like it. puzzled.’ Jamie looked at him. let’s just be grateful. like a hunting dog. On the journey to the Monastery. The Doctor gazed around abstractedly. There’s something happening on this mountain. His breath came out in little steamy puffs in the cold. Nothing. stamping his feet to bring back some feeling.’ said Jamie. He huddled inside his big fur coat. ‘You’ve heard something?’ ‘No. At least. gazing round the bleak terrain.’ ‘Let’s be getting on then. It was Jamie who was feeling the effects of the journey most.’ ‘Aye. ‘Och. exasperatedly.’ Still further up the mountain. and get on to the TARDIS. That’s what’s so worrying. he seemed to have limitless resources of energy and strength. The Doctor stopped for a moment. Just taking a breather. but they were both too tired and apprehensive to appreciate it properly. Jamie. will you? You’re giving me the willies. clear morning air. Doctor?’ he asked. the Doctor muttered. Something’s worrying me. resting his back against a boulder. The Doctor’s head was cocked. Something evil. ‘Exactly. panting a little. after he had first met . Not a sign of the Yeti since we saw those three back there.’ The Doctor held up his hand.mountain path on the last stages of their journey to the TARDIS.’ Jamie looked round and shivered. he hoped it was their cave. come on. Travers was keeping watch on the cave of the Yeti.’ ‘I canna hear or see anything.’ As they set off again. ‘Just a moment. ‘Nothing. Janie toiled up the path and leaned beside him.
But what? Travers studied them eagerly. It merely follows instructions. the Doctor stepped out of cover and into plain sight of the Yeti. The Doctor frowned ferociously.Jamie and Victoria. He ducked further into cover. and walked closer to the monster. standing in the cave mouth as a kind of door. Now he had been forced to wait until daylight to locate the place.’ Suddenly. hoping desperately that it was the right cave. Now--I wonder. somewhere inside the cave? Travers settled down to wait. Travers could just make out that it was holding a glowing silver sphere. ‘What now?’ asked Jamie. A Yeti was standing beside it. . Rounding a turn in the steep mountain path. They made no attempt to move the boulder but simply stood like sentries. He looked again at the huge boulder. One of them held something in its paw. and then stopped.’ Jamie was aghast at the unfairness of it all. ‘Come back.. he had made Jamie give him a detailed description of the cave and how to find it. and for hours he had been crouched in hiding. Could they all be robots. Obviously they were waiting for something. ‘What’s the thing doing there? It can’t have known we’d turn up. Nothing happened. Immediately. The Doctor ignored him. ‘I said we’d been too lucky.’ ‘It’s just a robot. they moved back into cover. as the Doctor said? Were there perhaps real Yeti.’ whispered the Doctor. his fanatical enthusiasm kept him bright and alert. Two Yeti were moving towards the cave. Despite the cold and his lack of sleep. Jamie.. ‘We’ve jolly well got to get in to the TARDIS. As the Yeti came closer.’ hissed Jamie. The Yeti came up to the cave entrance. the Doctor and Jamie came in sight of the rocky ledge where stood the TARDIS. It must be the place. one each side of the door.
Jamie. ‘Just as I thought. can’t feel. Doctor. and they moved towards the TARDIS. and opened the door of the TARDIS. ‘Dinna be so daft. He prodded it gently. ‘Do you know. Doctor. Cautiously. Can’t see. ‘You’d think whoever built it would have thought of that!’ Jamie laughed. Trust the Doctor to come up with one of his brilliant scientific plans. Jamie.’ To Jamie’s horror. ‘How about some breakfast?’ he suggested cheerily. Come on. ‘Still. The Doctor reached in. The Yeti just stood there. he prised open the chest cavity. ‘What are you going to do?’ he asked. ‘Bung a rock at it.Nothing at all. Completely de-activated. I don’t think so.’ The Doctor marched right up to the Yeti and examined it at close range. motionless. The rock whizzed through the air and bounced off the Yeti’s nose.’ ‘Oh. You might switch it on by mistake. just as he’d done with the captured one at the Monastery. and slowly and carefully removed it. With a sigh of relief he tossed the sphere to Jamie. they just didna reckon on anyone as daft as you!’ The Doctor gave him a mock-offended look. Just the opposite. we’d better make sure. . I hope.’ Jamie was appalled. the Doctor grabbed a rock from the ground and did just that. and start poking it with a wee dagger? The thing is. the Doctor probed the Yeti’s chest. revealing the little silver sphere. ‘How many people do you think would go up to yon beastie. I think I know how to deal with it? I shall arrange a test!’ Jamie looked at him with respect. who turned and beamed at him. After a little fumbling. The Doctor chuckled.’ Taking the little dagger. can’t hear. Lend me your knife. Jamie joined the Doctor. It still didn’t react.’ said the Doctor thoughtfully. ‘It’s a wonder there wasn’t some kind of protective mechanism.
In the centre of the little group of Yeti walked the Abbot Songtsen. Travers’ eyes widened in amazement. Travers’ long vigil was at last rewarded. Three more Yeti. The other Yeti lifted the enormous boulder aside and Songtsen .Outside the cave of the Yeti. He saw a group of shaggy figures moving across the mountainside towards him.
Songtsen marched up to the boulder outside the cave. ‘Oh. The Yeti grouped themselves around the entrance. When the design was complete. Then. Outside. Travers could scarcely believe his good fortune. He took the sphere from the Yeti holding it. casting shadows in the gloom. slowly. and entered the cave. motionless once more. it began to grow. a glowing pulsating light. The other Yeti lifted the enormous boulder aside and Songtsen entered the cave. Abbot Songtsen makes the final preparations now. and. Obeying the orders placed in his mind by Padmasambvha. who was himself performing the wishes of the Great Intelligence they both served.. Great Intelligence.’ He sank back on the golden throne in infinite weariness. He crept forward slowly. . The Master Padmasambvha was communing with the alien power that had dominated his being for so many weary years. but surely. and the boulder at the mouth of the cave had not been replaced. I ask only that you release me. The pyramid began to pulse and flicker with life. as you have promised. All the Yeti followed him. the time for your Experiment has come at last. It was just as Jamie had described it—the pit-props. Then he turned and walked from the cave. the tunnel.entered the cave. Songtsen placed the pyramid given him by Padmasambvha reverently in the centre.. Songtsen was arranging the glowing spheres that Jamie had found into an intricate pattern. The Yeti were gone. Travers watched as Songtsen emerged. The Abbot set off down the mountain path. in the distance. In the Inner Sanctum the prayer lamps flickered. The Abbot Songtsen was indeed busy about his preparations.
. And it was still coming. far more than the pyramid could possibly hold! The thought flashed through Travers’ confused mind that the pyramid was really a sort of gateway. and then more and more still. out through the tunnel and on to the mountainside. More and more of it poured forth. And that the other universe was pouring this evil substance through to this one. A high-pitched screaming sound filled the cave. As Travers watched. He had to get away. ‘But hadn’t we better be getting back. and stumbling on. With a mighty effort. He began to run madly downwards. the pyramid was pulsing and glowing.. And there was a kind of high-pitched noise. Jamie had never been more glad of it. It seemed full of a kind of exultant madness. A bubbling. He looked through. The Doctor was polishing off a plate of bacon and eggs. glutinous substance. the swollen pyramid cracked open. falling. his mouth too . pushing aside his bowl.. trickling slowly towards him. and then fell back. Jamie was happily spooning down the last of an enormous bowl of well-salted porridge. piping hot and in a matter of seconds. Pouring and pouring and pouring endlessly. began to ooze forth. away from the horror in the cave. shot with fiery colours. Soon it would envelop the whole world.. alien universe and this one. ‘Och. blazing with light.’ he said. Travers could feel it affecting his mind. that’s better. Somewhere in the TARDIS there was a machine that could produce any kind of food you could think of. a channel between some other. Doctor?’ The Doctor nodded. was the fact that he felt it was alive. stumbling. Half-demented. rising. he ran from the cave. Eagerly. It spread across the cave floor in a heavy mass. bubbling mass. shielding his eyes. What Travers found really unbearable about the heaving.Jamie had not said how fierce and bright it was.. In the centre of the pattern of spheres. Travers wrenched himself away. Travers crept up to the entrance of the inner cave.. ignoring his hurts and bruises.
’ said the Doctor. Doctor. Just as the sphere slipped from Jamic’s hands. ‘I canna. emitting a high-pitched signal.’ he repeated. ‘What about this?’ ‘Oh. I just canna. It’s pulling me towards it. The pressure on his ribs increased. The sphere was pulsing and glowing. covered with clials.’ Turning. ‘I’ll have to let it go. he realised that Jamie wasn’t following him. ‘Mustn’t forget this. even if it had to drill a hole through the Doctor to do it! Jamie tried to move the sphere away from the Doctor. Jamie. The sphere in his outstretched hand was being dragged by some invisible force closer and closer to the Yeti. Jamie. Jamie and the Doctor were pulled closer and closer to the waiting Yeti. The Doctor gave it an affectionate pat. Wrapping themselves up for the outside.full to speak. ‘Whatever you do. the Doctor moved round in front of him. ‘My tracking device. But the invisible force exerted by the glowing sphere was more than a match for both of them. You’ve got to hold on. ‘Don’t put it back. ‘Come on. he interposed his own body between the sphere and the Yeti. they prepared to leave.’ They left the TARDIS.’ gasped Jamie. grabbed him by the waist and tried to pull him away from the Yeti. ‘Come on. ramming him back against the monster’s body. It seemed obvious that the sphere was determined to get back to the Yeti. bring it along. Jamie.’ ‘No. picking up a little black box. . and set off down the mountain. It thudded into the Doctor’s ribs with painful force. ‘It’s no good. I’ll study it back at the Monastery.’ Jamie picked up the sphere they had taken from the Yeti. Jamic’s voice was desperate. The de-activated Yeti still stood motionless in the snow. The Doctor found he couldn’t move.’ he said. Suddenly. and the Doctor locked it behind them. you mustn’t.’ Letting go of Jamie’s waist. don’t put it back!’ He rushed up to jamie.’ yelled the Doctor. the Doctor saw Jamie. Step by step.
As soon as it came free.’ said Jamie.’ All at once. ‘But the thing nearly killed you.. At last. and groped round frantically for a suitably sized rock.. ‘Find rock.’ said the Doctor.’ Jamie had drawn back his arm like a shot-putter. The Doctor drew a deep. ‘and if it finds its way back to that Yeti we captured.’ ‘What’s that.. and rubbed his aching chest... ‘Are you all right?’ asked Jamie anxiously... we’ve got to warn them!’ Unaware that the catastrophe they feared had already happened. Jamie and the Doctor set off down the mountainside.’ he sobbed. the Doctor gasped. He scrabbled frantically in the icy mud and snow. he saw a rock the same size and shape as the silver sphere. oh. ‘Same size. It was half buried in ice.’ The pressure on the Doctor’s ribs was now agonising. put in chest.... though—it’s simply programmed to return to. He abandoned his attempt to move the sphere. and he couldn’t shift it. my word!’ The Doctor broke off as a sudden thought struck him. the sound of the Doctor gasping for breath in his ears. Jamie kicked frantically at the rock with his boot heel. Doctor—I dinna understand.. ‘Just a bit breathless. sobbing breath.. . and was about to send the sphere whizzing over the horizon. get rock. ‘The one back in the Monastery—maybe Travers didna take it!’ ‘Exactly.but he couldn’t budge it. don’t do that—we may need it.’ ‘Not on purpose. Doctor. It dropped harmlessly into Jamie’s cupped hands. Painfully. ‘No. he dashed across to the Yeti and rammed it into the hole in the Yeti’s chest.’ agreed the Doctor. Jamie saw what the Doctor meant. It struck Jamie at the same time. ‘Victoria said it couldn’t move by itself—but it can!’ ‘Aye. the pressure from the sphere cut off. ‘Jamie. All the stones around seemed too big or too small. Immediately.
Put her in the cell. ‘That’s better. shallow cut on his forehead. he replied. Victoria finished bathing Thomni’s forehead.’ Victoria came to Thonmi’s defence.’ said Thomni gently. staring at the ground. but most of it came from a long. ‘I put the control unit back in the Yeti. The dead were being carried away on stretchers. The sphere made me. ‘the creature would not have escaped. Victoria said. ‘She would not deliberately harm us. He glared furiously down at Thomni.’ Khrisong called over two of his warriors. ‘You’d better answer.’ sobbed Victoria. Gathering his strength. and had to hold on to Victoria. Thomni tried to stand. He reeled dizzily.’ urged Thomni. ‘Why did you disobey my orders?’ he demanded. ‘There. their faces covered. ‘I didn’t mean to do it. Injured monks were having their wounds dressed and bandaged. Khrisong.’ ‘Spare her.8 Revolt in the Monastery The Monastery courtyard still showed the after-effects of battle. What did you mean by that?’ Victoria was silent. She was wringing out the cloth in a stone basin when Khrisong appeared. That’s what brought it to life again. She must surely have been . Victoria.’ she said.’ ‘You don’t understand. ‘And you—did you not say it was all your fault. Without looking up. ‘Seize her.’ The young monk’s face had been covered with blood. ‘Because it was the only thing to do. To Victoria’s relief the injury wasn’t nearly so bad as it looked. ‘If he hadn’t opened the gate. you’d have all been dead by now. Khrisong rounded on her.’ growled Khrisong.’ she said spiritedly.’ ‘Had you not opened the gate.
moving as one. are you not? You disobey my orders. the Yeti stopped. ‘It’s away again. and she defends you.’ he said thoughtfully. the sphere had stopped its signalling once they were away from the immobilised Yeti. The Abbot Songtsen.’ he called. Not far away the Abbot Songtsen and his escort of three Yeti were descending the mountain by a different route. ‘The number of times we’ve traipsed up and down this mountain. continued his journey down the mountain alone. ‘Slightly different pitch.’ He held his detection device close to the sphere. They paused as if listening. The sphere had started its high-pitched signalling note again. ‘Can we no’ just get back to . ‘That’s a different sort of signal. they changed direction.’ The Doctor listened intently. She confesses her crime.. ‘You know.’ protested Thomni. ‘You are much of one mind.. and you speak for her. The Doctor peered excitedly at the flickering dials. ‘Take them both. The Doctor and Jamie were trudging on down the mountainside. ‘Hey. setting off on a course which took them towards the Doctor and Jamie.’ Angrily he strode away across the courtyard. Jamie. Much to his relief. Let them do their plotting behind bars.’ he said happily. ‘Lock them up together. while the warrior monks closed in on Thomni and Victoria.’ Jamie was grumbling. Then he broke off short. then. Jamie gingerly carrying the silver sphere. Doctor. the Doctor carrying his detection device.’ Baffled and angry. Do you plot against me?’ ‘This is madness. and studied the flickering dials intently. apparently unaware of what was happening. Suddenly. Khrisong glared from one to the other.bewitched. ‘I think I picked up some kind of answering signal! Isn’t that splendid?’ Jamie was less enthusiastic. But Khrisong was not listening.’ he ordered.
Jamie began to hope they might reach the Monastery safely after all. closing in on them. I’m afraid. The Doctor whispered urgently. ‘And it’s a perfect opportunity to get ourselves killed. Jamie. ‘Run.’ As they moved. the signal started up again. ‘I wish you’d keep quiet.the Monastery?’ he asked plaintively. and don’t worry about me.’ By now they were almost up to the three Yeti in front of them. He tried to muffle the sphere inside his anorak. For a long moment nobody moved.’ said Jamie. Then. the Yeti moved too. Don’t stop. The Doctor held up his hand. You take the detection device. he saw that two more Yeti were blocking the path behind them. Doctor—’ protested Jamie. Jamie. ‘Please. this thing’s probably calling up all the Yeti in creation. The signal from the sphere stopped. Promise?’ ‘Aye. Jamic. ‘you lack the proper scientific spirit.’ said the Doctor ruefully. verra well.’ For a while they plodded on in silence. just run. Then the Doctor said quietly. This is a perfect opportunity to try and trace the main transmitter. ‘We move forward. ‘Now what?’ asked Jamie.’ ‘Och. run!’ yelled the Doctor.’ said Janie. ‘Can we no’ just throw it away.’ ‘Aye. ‘When I say run. will you?’ And he set off down the mountain. Jamie sprinted . give me the sphere. While you’re fiddling away with that machine. ‘Look!’ Barring the path ahead. So come on. suddenly. But when he looked over his shoulder. Don’t try to do anything heroic. the Doctor followed him. ‘We could maybe double back. ‘Jamie. there stood three of the Yeti. Very slowly. no. ‘You can do all your detecting behind those nice high walls. They were trapped. Obediently.’ muttered Jamie.’ he said reproachfully. Doctor?’ ‘Too late for that. ‘The trouble with you is. you run like the wind.’ Quickly they made the exchange.
‘It worked!’ he said to himself in mild astonishment. indecisively. he felt baffled and frustrated. Instead he was forced to rely on the promises of this strange Doctor. thought Khrisong. The three Yetis lumbered closer and closer. that is so. the Doctor twisted round and bowled the silver sphere back up the path.. Sapan and Rinchen. He crossed over to them and asked. even though the whole Monastery was in peril. Khrisong hurried across the courtyard to the main doors where Rapalchan. Glaring round the courtyard he found a new target for his anger.’ agreed Rinchen. He stood perfectly still. they lumbered up the path. one of his young warriors. was keeping guard. Terrible perils menaced his beloved Monastery. Khrisong. Even the trusty Thomni had turned against him. ‘No doubt he seeks guidance from the Master Padmasambvha. and he could do nothing to fight them. They ignored him. ‘Rapalchan! Has the Doctor returned?’ he asked impatiently. a madman springing from nowhere. Nothing must disturb their invariable routine. The sentry shook his head.’ . and continued their advance on the Doctor. Almost brushing against him. Then he ran off down the path after Jamie. after the sphere. A man of action above all. No one has entered or left!’ Khrisong paused. dodging between the three Yeti like a centre-forward making for goal. towards the other two Yeti.’ said Sapan. were strolling placidly across the courtyard on their way to morning prayer. ‘Indeed. led astray by that devil-girl Victoria. When they were almost within touching distance. ‘No. The two old lamas.down the path. ‘Where is the Abbot Songtsen?’ ‘We have not seen him for many long hours. The Doctor heaved a sigh of relief.
our brothers must leave the Monastery. none had left.’ said the Abbot tonelessly. while Songtsen crossed the courtyard and entered the Monastery. leaving the two old lamas staring after him aghast. Master. ‘The Great Intelligence takes on material form. Now it will grow and grow..Khrisong laughed scornfully. Songtsen entered.’ The astonished Rapalchan opened the door—it was indeed the Abbot.’ Victoria paced impatiently up and down the cell. ‘Open. Once he was out of sight. None has entered.’ ‘I understand. ‘You ought not to speak so. Songtsen stood at the side of the shrouded figure of Padmasambvha. and all those not on duty would be in the Great Hall. ‘You have not seen me. For a moment all was peaceful in the courtyard. Angrily she turned to Thomni who sat placidly on the floor in the posture of meditation. with a little start and resumed his vigil. A quiet voice said.. None had entered.’ Rapalchan stood in a trance.’ he reproved. Songtsen brushed his hand lightly over the young sentry’s face. . Whatever was the world coming to? Shaking their heads. Rapalchan came to. For their own safety.’ the incredibly old voice whispered. What blasphemy! To query the very existence of the most holy one. Rapalchan. eyes staring ahead. Minutes later. ‘And the strangers?’ ‘I will tell you how to deal with them if they return. ‘Why not? Has anyone ever seen this legendary immortal?’ Khrisong walked quickly away. It is I. ‘Seeks guidance—or seeks to evade his responsibilities?’ Sapan was shocked. your Abbot Songtsen. the two old men went on inside the Monastery. Songtsen. ‘You have done well. none has left. It was the hour of morning prayer. The silence was broken by a gentle tapping at the main door.
summoned by the Abbot Songtsen. Eagerly Victoria seized one of the stone beakers. When his anger cools.. ‘In his wisdom he has told me that there is no defence against the Yeti. Thomni went to the bed to fetch a blanket.’ The old lama scuttled off.’ He returned to his meditation. he will release us. or we will all be slain.’ said Thomni gently.’ She was quite still. and by the door. and nipped through the door. What is written is written. Rinchen hovered indecisively. He knows in his heart we are innocent. ‘After the way Khrisong spoke to you. There was a rattle at the door. ‘Sorry. We must flee at once.. Miss Victoria.. Thomni knelt beside her.’ ‘Khrisong carries many burdens. ‘The Doctor has returned. with a tray of food and drink.. will he? Well. Thomni. If they gave her the slightest chance.’ Thomni looked at her in mild surprise..’ ‘No!’ There was a shout from the doorway and they turned to see Khrisong. ‘There is nothing else we can do.’ Suddenly she crumpled to the floor.. good. ‘Their weight makes him angry..‘How can you take everything so quietly?’ she demanded. He . Miss Victoria. Thomni. ‘Oh.. leaving the door open behind him in his panic. Stay with her. slamming and barring it behind her.’ She drained the beaker at a gulp. her eyes sparkling with mischief. Victoria was on her feet. ‘I have sought guidance from the Master Padmasambvha.’ he was saying solemnly. He heard movement behind him and turned.. Victoria looked up alertly. ‘So strange. ‘I will fetch help. In the Great Hall. her hand at her throat. For a moment she stood gasping. Rinchen entered. ‘The taste.... I’m so thirsty. all the warrior monks and lamas were assembled.’ she said. ‘Miss Victoria. if you think I’m sitting here quietly until he has a change of heart.’ she gasped. Horrified.’ ‘Oh.
The Doctor looked round in amazement. stayed with the lamas and Songtsen. Padmasambvha.’ The Doctor and Jamie were waiting in the courtyard amidst a scene of utter confusion. and bring him back to the path of wisdom! I will pray for guidance. he heard the ghostly voice of Padmasambvha. Songtsen was left standing alone. ‘Brothers. At once he closed his eyes. The rest. I mean to fight! Who is with me? Come!’ A confused babble broke out in the Hall. But only a few of the warrior monks followed Khrisong as he strode out.’ From all around him. Some supported the Abbot. always the Master.. ‘What’s going on?’ he said wonderingly. ‘We must act quickly.’ In a confused mass. ‘Khrisong. ‘Search me.. This is what you must do.’ said Jamie. and went into a state of trance. The Abbot’s voice cut through the noise.’ interrupted Khrisong. ‘Khrisong turns his warriors from the path of obedience. ‘Advise me. A little crowd of monks and lamas milled about arguing and disputing.. The Abbot has ordered us to evacuate the . Yet I will not meekly turn away. He has forgotten his vows of obedience. Doctor.brings with him a way to fight this evil.’ The Abbot said sternly.. some were for following Khrisong. ‘I have felt the strength of these Yeti.’ ‘The Master. ‘Seems they’ve all gone daft. ‘If they will not be led from the Monastery—then they must be driven.’ he implored. Not all of them will obey your command to go. See. the Master has decided..’ Khrisong shouldered his way through the throng. a little knot of warriors around him. afraid to defy their Abbot. monks and lamas poured excitedly from the Great Hall. I bear their scars on my arm. Khrisong has been led astray by the strangers.. Follow him.
Monastery...’ He was interrupted by a frantic knocking and scrabbling at the doors. A faint voice called, ‘Let me in. Please, let me in!’ Cautiously Khrisong opened the doors. A tattered, scarecrow figure staggered inside, and collapsed at their feet. It was Travers. The Doctor and Jamie bent over him. He was in a terrible state, ragged, dirty and bleeding. He had tumbled down the mountain like a falling boulder, with no concern for his own safety. His lips were cracked, his eyes wide and staring, filled with the recollection of that horrible living mass that was bubbling and growing in the cave... ‘Pyramid,’ he muttered feverishly. ‘It was growing... growing... the noise...’ Travers’ head lolled back, and he fainted dead away. Jamie was thoroughly confused. ‘What was all that about, Doctor?’ Before the Doctor could reply, there came a further shock. The Abbot Songtsen appeared. ‘Seize the strangers,’ he ordered. ‘They must all be locked up at once. The girl Victoria has escaped. She too must be taken and imprisoned.’ At once utter pandemonium broke out. Everyone started talking and shouting at once. ‘Victoria escaped?’ yelled Jamie furiously. ‘Escaped from where? Where is she? What’s been going on?’ ‘Abbot Songtsen, please,’ called the Doctor. ‘You really must listen to me.’ The Doctor’s voice was drowned in the general babble. Khrisong shouldered him aside, and forced his way through the little crowd to the Abbot. ‘I cannot allow this!’ he protested fiercely. The Abbot’s voice was stem. ‘You cannot allow? These are the orders of the Master. You must obey.’ ‘These people can help us, Lord Abbot.’ ‘The Master says there is no help against the Yeti. He orders us to leave or we will all die.’
A frightened murmuring from the monks and lamas showed the effect of his words. Songtsen saw that he had the upper hand. ‘Take the strangers and lock them up,’ he ordered. A horde of panic-stricken monks descended upon the Doctor and Jamie, and bustled them away, ignoring their protests and those of Khrisong. The Doctor was almost carried off towards the cell, and Jamie, struggling furiously, was bundled along after him. Other monks picked up the unconscious Travers and carried him along, too. The Abbot turned to Khrisong and the little group of rebellious warriors around him. ‘Khrisong! Defy me no further. Take your warriors and find the girl.’ For a moment it seemed that Khrisong would still refuse. Then, defeated, he bowed his head, and led his warriors away. Except for the sentry at the doors; the Abbot was now alone in the great courtyard. He walked across to the doors and said to the sentry, ‘Go and join in the search, my son.’ He passed his hand lightly over the sentry’s face, and the young monk froze for a moment, then ran off after his fellows. Once he was out of sight, Songtsen unbarred the great doors and then opened them wide. The Monastery of Det-sen was defenceless. ‘It is done, Master,’ said the Abbot Songtsen. Then he walked slowly away. Since her escape from the cell, Victoria had been hiding in the empty guest quarters, uncertain what to do with herself once she was free. She wondered where everyone was, not realising that Travers, the Doctor and Jamie had just returned to the Monastery. Eventually, she crept cautiously out into the corridor and moved towards the courtyard. Soon she began to hear the noise and shouting of the excited monks. Afraid to venture further, she waited. Suddenly the noise started coming nearer. She could hear yells and shouts. ‘Find her. Find the devil girl!’ With a shock, Victoria realised that
they were hunting her. Terrified, she turned and fled, the sounds of pursuit echoing behind her. For what seemed an endless time she was hunted up and down the gloomy corridors. More than once she eluded her pursuers by hiding in some dark corner, while they all raced by. But they always seemed to pick up her trail again. By the time she managed to shake them off, Victoria was in a part of the Monastery that she had never visited before. She found herself in a little windowless room, lit only by flickering prayer lamps. On the walls were rich hangings and tapestries. All around were carved statues, devil masks, rare ornaments. Victoria knew enough about antiques to realise that the contents of the little room were virtually priceless. At the far end of the room, she saw a pair of ornately carved double doors. Victoria looked at them curiously, wondering what was beyond them. She decided not to try and find out. This place was quiet enough, but it was far too spooky to be comfortable. She turned to leave, and found that she couldn’t move. Something, some force, held her unmoving. ‘Enter, my child,’ said a voice. It came from nowhere and yet from everywhere. It was quiet and gentle, yet it filled the room. The doors opened before her of their own accord. ‘Come in,’ said the voice again. ‘You must come in, you have no alternative.’ Victoria tried to hang back, but the invisible force made her walk slowly into the Inner Sanctum. Ahead of her she could see the raised dais, the golden throne with its seated figure. She was drawn closer and closer. The canopy round the throne had been pulled back. The seated figure raised its head and looked at her. Victoria was the first in many hundred years to look upon the face of Padmasambvha. She opened her mouth in a gasp of pure terror, too frightened even to scream...
9 Attack of the Yeti
Victoria’s first thought was that the man before her was incredibly old. Older than Sapan or Rinchen, or any of the other venerable old men at the Monastery. Older than anyone she had ever seen or imagined. So old that the shrunken body seemed like that of a child, swaddled inside the long, flowing robes. The face was quite incredible. Completely hairless, with huge forehead, sunken cheeks and bony jaw. In contrast to the wizened face and shrunken body, the eyes were huge and dark and alive, shining with the blaze of an almost superhuman intelligence. The Master Padmasambvha had indeed gone beyond the flesh, His body was merely the worn-out husk which barely contained his soul and spirit. He looked up at Victoria, and smiled with a curious gentleness. ‘Do not be afraid, my child. Why do you come here?’ Victoria tried to babble some explanation. ‘I’m sorry, I was lost, and I was afraid. They were chasing me, you see, and...’ Gently, Padmasambvha interrupted her. ‘You need help, do you not?’ ‘Yes, I’m afraid I do,’ said Victoria thankfully. ‘You see, I can’t find the Doctor and...’ Padmasambvha held up his hand, cutting her off. ‘One moment, child.’ He leaned forward, brooding over the board in front of him. ‘The courtyard is empty, and the gates are open,’ he said mysteriously. Victoria leaned forward, peering at the model landscape with its tiny figures. ‘I must do what I am compelled to do,’ said Padmasambvha sadly. He picked up one of the little figures from the board.
‘That is so. Padmasambvha placed the Yeti model down in the courtyard of the miniature Monastery. Travers lay on the bed. Those wee balls can make you put them back in the Yeti.’ Again Padmasambvha gave that curiously sad smile.’ invited the Master. you know. at the same time. But you have not seen it. He had fallen into a deep. Yet. Jamie was pacing up and down the cell.’ he was saying to Thomni. holding up the little figure.’ He passed his hand gently in front of her eyes. watching Travers thoughtfully. my child. four of the Yeti lumbered into the courtyard. pausing now and again to bang on the door. broken by occasional muttering and twitching. The doors were open wide. Once inside. ‘I must do what I am compelled to do. One after another. Things were uncomfortably crowded in the little cell. He reached out for another model. Immediately Victoria went into a trance. One of them nearly did it to me. The courtyard of the Monastery still stood empty. they split up. or yell through the grille. She was getting over her fear now.’ whispered Padmasambvha again. and unpredictable too. ‘It’s one of those horrible creatures—a Yeti. Doctor?’ .‘What is it?’ asked Victoria curiously. each making for a different part of the Monastery. ‘She was telling the truth. ‘So that’s why they locked up poor Victoria. Victoria came closer and looked at it. The Doctor perched on the wooden stool by the bed. ‘Come and see. There was something pathetic about the old man. as if by some prearranged plan. her eyes wide open and staring. something frightening. didn’t it. exhausted sleep. Thomni sat cross-legged by the wall in his meditation position.
. ‘He must have seen something very nasty indeed. it’s no use. cries of fear.’ yelled a panic-stricken voice. ‘What’s going on? Let us out of here. I felt a shadow on my mind.’ yelled Jamie frantically. I’m so tired.. I fear.. Stay where you are. I felt as if I might drown. Suddenly Travers opened his eyes. Perhaps whatever’s behind all this trouble we’re having.’ ‘What about Victoria. but what did you see?’ asked Jamie impatiently. ‘Where did all this happen?’ Travers closed his eyes again.. Jamie . ‘I don’t know.. Khrisong’s face appeared briefly at the grille. my brothers. had pulled his detection device from under the bed and was carefully noting the readings. ‘The Yeti have broken into the Monastery.. it’s all a blank.’ ‘Aye. ‘What do you think?’ asked Jamie.. and scratched his head. there’s just a feeling of evil. with a pleased expression.’ There came a tremendous crash from somewhere inside the Monastery. ‘Flee.. and the sound of running feet. man. and stared in amazement at the Doctor.’ The Doctor hushed him with an upheld hand.The Doctor nodded absently. flee!’ Jamie rattled at the door.... his eyes still fixed on the face of the sleeper. ‘The Yeti are coming.. Travers shook his head vaguely. ‘Where am I? What happened to me?’ ‘We were rather hoping you could tell us that. you are safe there. ‘Isn’t there something we can. The Doctor sighed.. I can’t... If only he could tell us.’ said the Doctor gently.’ His eyes closed and he sunk back into sleep.. ‘Where is she? Have you found her?’ But Khrisong had gone. It was followed by shouts of alarm. Jamie turned back to the Doctor.’ But the Doctor.. ‘I left the Monastery then..
’ Meanwhile. as the Yeti carried on their rampage. Then. they began to withdraw from the Monastery. Dormitories were wrecked. ‘The Yeti are falling back. clothing and medicines into one unusable pile.’ said the Abbot. my Abbot. Khrisong tried to organise his warriors into a defensive force. ‘Forgive me. statues cast down. brethren. or sought to hinder their work of methodical destruction. It was in the storage cellars that most terrible havoc was wreaked.’ The Abbot looked at him pityingly.saw that he was bent intently over the detection device. were gathered together in the Great Hall. I have failed you. studying every little flicker of the dials. Yet they did not seem intent on taking life. but they were all too panic-stricken. as if their work were done. A terrified monk rushed into the Great Hall to give the news to the Abbot. Man cannot alter his destiny.’ he cried. Khrisong and most of the monks and lamas. ‘Come. ‘You have not failed. food. This disaster was written. The Yeti smashed open food barrels. Occasionally there was a scream as some unfortunate monk was caught in their path. and mixed fuel. the Yeti raged unhindered through the Monastery. He said bitterly to Songtsen. The Abbot Songtsen. He led his little band from the Great Hall into the courtyard. From throughout the Monastery came the sound of destruction. . They attacked only those who attacked them. do not be afraid. burst water tanks so that the food cellars were flooded. priceless treasures mutilated and destroyed. my son.
the Buddha that was the very spirit and symbol of Det-sen Monastery.The Yeti raged unhindered throughout the Monastery. All but two of the Yeti were gone. These two stood waiting by a great golden statue of Buddha that dominated the courtyard. The . The appearance of the Abbot and his followers seemed to serve as a signal.
Doctor?’ asked Thomni. We know that the .’ said Thomni.’ whispered Padmasambvha. ‘No! No!’ he cried.remaining two Yeti lumbered forward. the entire mountain yours.’ Padmasambvha was communing with the Great Intelligence. Rinchen. ‘Now it is complete. unseeing and unhearing in her trance. The two Yeti turned and left. ‘And what of you and your friends. Khrisong looked from the broken statue to the broken body of Rinchen. Therefore you must help me.’ The Doctor took the chalk from him and drew a line across the map. I’m afraid. It rolled slowly across the court-yard. ‘The Monastery of Det-sen is accursed.’ Stretching out his feeble hands. Come closer. seized the statue in their mighty paws. Victoria stepped forward. ‘Now the monks will leave. crushing the life from old Rinchen in the process. Together we will make sure that he leaves. and began to tilt it forward. my poor child? The Doctor is not so easily frightened as my poor monks.’ he said bitterly. The north lies—here. The old lama. ‘You shall not.’ He turned his attention to Victoria. ‘Only half an answer. Slowly the Buddha crashed to the stones of the courtyard. he made a vain attempt to prevent the great golden figure from falling. ran forward from the crowd in horror.’ And he chalked an ‘N’ on the map. ‘This is the courtyard. By nightfall the Monastery will be deserted. ‘We are here—to the south. The head of the Buddha was smashed from the body. Beside him stood Victoria. Jamie watched impatiently as Thomni finished scratching a plan of the Monastery on the cell wall with a piece of chalk fished from the Doctor’s capacious pocket.’ Unable to resist. ‘It is time for us to leave. pointing. ‘Does your science provide an answer.
Jamie.’ said the Abbot Songtsen. The rest of you gather what is needed. Doctor.’ ‘You had a spot of trouble yourself. He sat up. and what’s that?’ said Jamie impatiently. ‘Rinchen will accompany us on our journey.’ prompted the Doctor.’ He turned to the monks with the stretcher. Then we must depart. That’s what we really need to know. a cross reference to give us the actual place. fine.’ ‘What of the strangers?’ asked Sapan. . ‘I say.’ said Travers. really. The Doctor looked at him in surprise.’ he said indignantly.’ Absentmindedly.’ He got up. ‘Death is inevitable. Think I’ll get a breath of fresh air. ‘With the Yeti. How are you all?’ ‘Oh. ‘Hullo. That could give us the where. But we need a second reading.’ said Jamie dryly. ‘What’s going on?’ said Travers. ‘On the mountainside. went to the door and tried to open it. the monks had managed to move the heavy statue. looked round.’ said Travers. ‘Of course we still won’t have the most important thing. ‘Must have missed it all while I was sleeping. ‘What are we doing here?’ ‘There’s been a spot of trouble. and said cheerily.’ added Jamie. Do you remember?’ ‘Not a thing. the Doctor scratched his head with the piece of chalk.’ ‘Oh aye. ‘Got a bit of a headache. You saw something pretty nasty. There will be time to mourn our brother. just fine.’ Travers came to life with a sudden start. actually. ‘do you chaps realise we’re locked in?’ In the courtyard.’ said the Doctor gently. Save what provisions you can.transmissions come from somewhere on this line. Some of them were lifting Rinchen’s body on to a stretcher. Khrisong’s head was bowed in grief. ‘The why of course. ‘Do not blame yourself. ‘Oh. Soon it will be the hour for meditation.
They wish to help you against the Yeti but I tell you there is no help. and fell into her silent trance. Treat her with kindness—she and the other strangers are innocent of malice. She tottered.’ ‘And the Master Padmasambvha?’ ‘His powers are great. Jamie and Travers were brought in by Khrisong and Thomni. ‘Release the strangers.’ she said. when the Doctor. ‘Doctor. Turning. When the wind destroys its nest. She did not move. A murmur of awe swept through the crowd. ‘there is great danger.‘They will be taken with us to a place of safety. She ignored him. Then she spoke. ‘Victoria. sitting on the bed and gazing straight in front of her. ‘Khrisong. are you all right?’ asked Jamie anxiously. For a moment Victoria stood immobile eyes wide and staring hands outstretched.’ said the low. and the monks rushed to support her.’ Victoria was in the guest room. Det-sen must be abandoned. ‘I have chosen to speak to you through the lips of this maiden. ‘Bid them make j ready to depart. But the voice that came from her lips was that of Padmasambvha. .’ There was a sudden stir amongst the crowd. the bird will build another. ‘Victoria. Songtsen saw that Victoria had cone into the courtyard.’ Victoria fell silent.’ said the Abbot. ‘She holds the holy ghanta.’ said Songtsen. She stopped. Bear it away with you for safe keeping. In her hands was the holy ghanta. ‘He will remain. what is it? What’s the matter?’ said Jamie. The sound of his voice provoked an instant reaction.’ said the Doctor. how long has she been like this?’ asked the Doctor. compelling voice that seemed to come from all around them. ‘Victoria. Many of the monks fell to their knees. You must take me away! Take me away!’ She spoke in a sort of formal chant.
the Master? Surely he must have died long ago—I met him on my last visit. ‘I am very close to success. Briefly he told the Doctor what had happened. ‘Khrisong. ‘She’s reacting to my voice. ‘But how could you have known him three hundred years ago? Are you ageless. He moved away.’ said Khrisong gravely. too?’ The Doctor didn’t reply. But I have to find out something first.’ ‘She is still in a trance.’ ‘Can you no’ help her?’ demanded Jamie.’ ‘Padmasambvha is ageless. Jamie.’ The Doctor looked up sharply.’ said Thomni. ‘I’d better start whispering. a while ago you wanted my help.’ said Khrisong gravely. ‘She has seen the Holy Padmasambvha. will you walk with me for a moment?’ As they walked along the corridor together. there is great danger. To get you to leave. That’s why someone opened the gates to the Yeti. Take me away. Jamie.’ said Khrisong. ‘He wishes us to leave.But before Khrisong could reply. Don’t you want to save the Monastery any more?’ ‘I must obey the Abbot. and he was incredibly old then.’ said the Doctor. ‘But I still .’ Like a switched-off record she fell silent.’ said the Doctor. Victoria reacted once more to the Doctor’s voice. ‘Padmasambvha. ‘Doctor. Khrisong. you’re preparing to leave. He can’t have lived for another three hundred years. Now. Doctor.’ ‘Somebody wishes it. ‘Padmasambvha—still here. ‘I shan’t be long.’ he muttered to himself. the Doctor said.’ replied the Doctor. ‘Take care of Victoria for me. ‘Why does nobody tell me anything?’ He moved to the door. ‘I think so. Take me away from here. so they could spoil all your supplies and terrify your monks. ‘She must have reached the Sanctum.’ he whispered. Are you going to do what this someone wants?’ Khrisong was silent. ‘That’s why all this was arranged.
’ A vision of the cave on the mountain filled the Master’s mind. yet still you hold your grip on my old body.’ said Khrisong.need help. In the Sanctum itself.. tricked me. it filled the cave. Padmasambvha. Doctor? Do you wish me to accompany you?’ ‘That won’t be necessary. it was filling the tunnel. One of the best men I’ve ever known. Now if you’ll excuse me—I must visit an old friend... still alive! He must be nearly four hundred years old—an incredible feat. Who or what could change him? Lost in thought. In an appalled whisper. the frail body of Padmasambvha was twisting and writhing on his chair.. Is not your plan complete? Will not the mountain content you. I already know the way. thought the Doctor. his breath . ‘I have brought the world to its end!’ For some time he sat on the golden throne. the Doctor walked on towards the Inner Sanctum. ‘you promised me release. The old Master slumped in his chair. The Doctor smiled.. ‘Oh. you will cover the planet. Great Intelligence. When would it stop? How much territory would it cover? ‘You said only the Mountain for your Experiment.’ he gasped.’ ‘You go to the Sanctum. he said..’ With a farewell nod. even for a Tibetan master.’ shrieked Padmasambvha. As he walked through the wrecked and deserted Monastery his mind was a ferment of ideas. ‘If you need my help. Padmasambvha was a good man. More and more and more. the Doctor set off.. You have lied to me. The glutinous living mass still seeped from the pyramid.. ‘If you do not stop. one I haven’t seen for many years. locked in some terrible inner struggle.’ The sound of hellish cosmic laughter seemed to fill his ears. you shall have it. ‘Thank you. Khrisong.’ They stopped at a junction of corridors.
... He looked at the doors. ‘What has happened to you. He felt the heart. long life and knowledge... Then the body of Padmasambvha writhed and twisted. Padmasambvha had been old when the Doctor first met him—well over a hundred. Nothing. Intelligence. It sat bolt upright on the throne filled with new vigour. Grim-faced. on and on. the Doctor wondered. The thin whisper went on.only a shallow flutter. ‘Enter... The . like a rag doll. and the doors opened. limp. on the Astral plane.. ‘Refused to let me go. The Doctor leaned forward urgently. He looked at the shrunken figure upon it.. The eyes that glared after the Doctor were ablaze with malevolence. and how? Padmasambvha’s voice was a little more than a breath.’ The Doctor said quietly.. ‘Greetings. saddened by the toll the years had taken of his old friend. ledge. It is good to see your face after so long... his life prolonged beyond any natural length. But why. the pulse. Doctor. held his magnifying glass before the withered lips to test for breath. did not realise. old friend?’ Padmasambvha could speak only with a tremendous effort.. The Doctor walked slowly towards the throne. For a moment there was silence.. formless... The thin reedy voice was scarcely audible. But he had still been vigorous. Then his mind sensed someone in the Anteroom. the Doctor turned and left the room.. It was as though something was trying to stop the Master from speaking. substance. Then suddenly the body of Padmasambvha jerked and twisted.. Then it dropped to the chair.’ he whispered feebly. ‘I did not know..’ The Doctor leaned forward.’ he whispered. it wished for form. in return for my help. Now he was a shattered husk of a man... said it was experiment. clear-skinned and bright-eyed. It actually rose in the air and hung suspended. not experiment but conquest!’ The last word came out in a sudden gasp. ‘I have been kept alive..
.Great Intelligence was back in control.
The stool shattered to pieces. ‘Listen to me. gently and persuasively. Victoria stopped her screaming.’ Victoria’s eyes closed and her head nodded. my dear—’ This time her voice was a scream of terror. The Doctor jabbed him in the ribs. he picked up a stool and slammed it down on the ground just behind her. Victoria reacted to the Doctor’s voice.’ murmured the Doctor soothingly. ‘Victoria.. your eyes are closing. Safe in the TARDIS. In sudden exasperation. She sounds as if she’s getting worse!’ The Doctor went over to the bed. You are safe. and stood over Victoria. Victoria didn’t stir.’ said Jamie desperately. Travers had wandered off somewhere. ‘Safe?’ she whispered. there is great danger! You must take me away! You must take me away! Take me away!’ This time there was an added note of sheer hysteria in her voice. ‘Look at me. ‘Not you. let yourself relax. He said gently. Before Jamie could answer... all to no avail. . and gazed up at him in panic. ‘You are no longer in the Monastery. ‘Doctor— take me away! Take me away!’ ‘No.. you are back in the TARDIS. They were alone. ‘You are tired. Doctor. Victoria!’ There was a whiplash crack of authority in the Doctor’s voice.’ said the Doctor firmly. ‘Doctor. Jamie?’ He looked up to see the Doctor in the doorway.10 Peril on the Mountain Jamie sat uneasily watching the still-motionless Victoria. ‘What on earth are you doing. So did Jamie’s. Jamie had tried speaking to her loudly and commandingly. ‘You’ve got to do something. ‘I’ve tried everything and she takes no notice at all. do you understand. Victoria.’ She looked up at him wonderingly.
‘We’ll have to do as she says and take her away. Jamie. ‘She should be all right now.’ Jamie looked at him in horror.. You have been dozing. ‘Jamie and I have come to release you.’ She turned to Jamie who was staring at her openmouthed. her eyes closing.’ Jamie looked at him with respect. ‘To make sure we leave with the others. If I can. I was so bored.’ ‘I don’t like to do it. happy but still a little tired. ‘Listen. Otherwise she’ll go out of her mind. Her eyes opened. She slipped back slowly on to the bed. The Doctor found Travers on one of the observation . and said.’ said the Doctor.’ ‘Suppose you can’t?’ Jamie asked anxiously. But in an emergency like this. yawning. ‘What now?’ ‘I’ve got to try to erase this implanted fear.’ said the Doctor. ‘That’s the object of all this. ‘It’s increasing all the time.. ‘Stay with her. She smiled at them ‘I must have dropped off.’ said the Doctor gently. The Doctor went on in the same compelling tone. ‘I’ve erased the memory of whatever happened after she left the cell. I am glad you came and got me out of that cell. You are in the cell with Thomni. Jamie? Anyone would think there was something wrong with me!’ The Doctor chuckled. ‘What are you gawping at. We have taken you back to the guest room. Do you understand?’ Victoria nodded slowly. Do you understand?’ Again Victoria nodded. ‘I didna realise you could do that sort of thing. you are not in the TARDIS. Victoria. Doctor.. You will wake up in a moment.’ Suddenly Victoria sat up.Jamie!’ Jamie came awake with a jerk. he slipped away before Jamie could ask him what he’d discovered. I’ve got work to do. She was asleep.. grinned sheepishly.’ Gathering up his detection device. It’s a serious thing to tamper with the mind. Jamie.’ He snapped his fingers in front of Victoria’s face.
’ He handed over the field glasses. the Doctor and Travers were well on the way up the mountainside. ‘One more reading and I can track their control source. all the Yeti came to life. ‘I don’t like to ask you to take the risk.’ he said softly.’ Some time later. He seemed oblivious of the little group of Yeti marching straight towards him. ignoring him completely.’ Travers looked at him uneasily.’ Travers nodded. ‘What about the boy?’ ‘He’s staying here to look after Victoria. ‘Are you getting your readings. ‘I can take care of myself. It didn’t move. The Doctor.. I could do with some help. The Doctor turned to Travers. out of their way. ‘Boo!’ Travers yelled.’ He started to hand over the black box. motionless and waiting... ‘Look out.’ said Travers stoutly. ‘Now we need to provoke it enough to send out a signal. ‘I don’t know how that thing works. They started moving forwards. Peering through them. He jumped aside.’ The Doctor looked dubious.. suddenly. past the Doctor. ‘Look. gazing up the mountainside with his old binoculars. head bent over the flickering dials. Doctor.platforms.’ Travers yelled. They rounded a bend and saw three Yeti guarding the path a little way ahead. did not reply.’ He came out from behind the boulders and marched boldly up to one of the Yeti. ‘All right. ‘I must go back up there.’ ‘Rot. Doctor. Still nothing. They’ll leave with the monks. and disappeared from sight behind some boulders. I’m your man. the Doctor could see several Yeti dotted about the mountainside. Travers shook his head. The Yeti marched on. If you’ll take the reading. Travers shook his head.. Then.’ he said. ‘They’re still up there. Doctor?’ yelled Travers.. Doctor. I reckon I owe you something. You take the readings and I’ll stir ‘em up. They veered off at a tangent across the mountainside. Doctor. ‘Wonder . backing away in alarm.
The Doctor nodded. lost in some very unpleasant thoughts. They were bundled up in their warmest robes. a sad little procession of monks and warriors was assembling in the courtyard. Victoria frowned. ‘It is as you wished. The Doctor and Travers came into the courtyard. ‘I’ve found it. ‘Think about something else. He was frowning furiously. ‘Yes. ‘I will ask a final blessing of the Master. ‘Master? Padmasambvha? That sounds. my Abbot. ‘Khrisong.’ he whispered. Supervised by the Abbot Songtsen. the Doctor started scrambling down the path.’ said Jamie fiercely. Going over to Songtsen he said. or of Travers. then we shall leave.’ Followed by a puzzled Travers.what caused that?’ he muttered. There is no sign of the Doctor. who was still studying his dials.’ He went inside the Monastery. Victoria rushed up to the Doctor and hugged him in delight. ‘I’m afraid I did. ‘My warriors have searched every room. Every room in the Monastery is empty..’ ‘It is well.. Luckily there was an immediate distraction. his face worried. ‘I said did you get your reading?’ he asked.’ ‘Dinna think about it. He went back to the Doctor.’ said Songtsen gravely. We’d better be getting back. I’ve found the source of the transmissions controlling the Yeti!’ .’ he said. Jamie and Victoria stood looking on. The young warriors were making up heavy packs. there. Padmasambvha. Anything!’ Victoria looked at him in puzzlement. You’re back! Where have you been?’ The Doctor disengaged himself with an absent-minded ‘There. Khrisong entered the courtyard from the Monastery and hurried over to them. containing such provisions as they had been able to salvage from the wreckage.’ and went over to Khrisong and Thomni.’ he said urgently.
Khrisong indicated the little procession forming up for departure. ‘I fear you are too late.’ ‘You don’t understand,’ interrupted the Doctor. ‘As I suspected all along, it’s here, in the Monastery.’ He looked at his box. ‘It’s transmitting now, at this very moment.’ Khrisong looked round. ‘But we are all here, in this courtyard... all but... the Abbot Songtsen!’ The Doctor nodded. ‘I fear so. Now that the Master is dead, he’s the only one left.’ ‘The Master dead?’ said Thomni. The Doctor nodded sadly. ‘I should have told you earlier. We’d better find Songtsen.’ ‘No!’ said Khrisong fiercely. ‘I will deal with him. It is my right.’ The Doctor looked at him dubiously. ‘He too has great powers,’ he said. ‘He is still my Abbot,’ said Khrisong confidently. ‘He will not harm me.’ He turned and left. The Doctor was worried. Could Khrisong deal with the Abbot? The Doctor knew that if Padmasambvha had been alive, Khrisong wouldn’t have stood a chance. But since it was only Songtsen... Travers said suddenly, ‘Songtsen! He was with them. He was with the Yeti on the mountainside. And there was a cave...’ A look of horror came over Travers’ face as memory flooded back to him. Briefly, he described seeing Songtsen escorted by Yeti, and the growing, swelling horror in the cave. ‘If Songtsen can control the Yeti, he’s more dangerous than I’d thought,’ said the Doctor. ‘I think I’d better go and help Khrisong.’ Khrisong marched into the Anteroom, a burly, warlike figure, sword in hand. He towered over the frail figure of the Abbot who stood, in an attitude of prayer, before the doors to the Sanctum. ‘You must come with me, Lord
Abbot,’ said Khrisong, gruffly. ‘You must come away from this place.’ Songtsen looked up at him with mild surprise. ‘What madness is this?’ ‘The Doctor has discovered your guilt,’ said Khrisong. ‘You must answer to the brethren for your crimes.’ He seized the Abbot as if to drag him away by force. Then a voice spoke out of the air. ‘Khrisong!’ Khrisong glared round. ‘Padmasambvha. The Doctor told us you were dead.’ ‘I am deathless, Khrisong.’ There was a cold gloating note in the voice. ‘Do not try to frighten me. I demand to know what is happening here!’ Songtsen was appalled. ‘Demand, Khrisong? You are in the presence of the Master.’ ‘A Master of the Yeti?’ demanded Khrisong. ‘A Master who has destroyed his own monastery?’ Songtsen turned towards the closed door. ‘Forgive him, oh Master.’ ‘Of course,’ said the cold voice. ‘But our brother must not depart thinking that I am other than I am. Bring him to me, Songtsen!’ Songtsen said tonelessly, ‘I obey, master.’ Looking down at him, Khrisong saw that the Abbot seemed almost in a state of trance, his eyes staring sightlessly ahead. ‘What is this?’ he growled suspiciously. The doors to the Sanctum swung open. ‘You may enter,’ said Songtsen. ‘But give me your sword. You may not go armed into the presence of Padmasambvha.’ Khrisong hesitated. ‘Do you fear us, Khrisong?’ asked the voice. ‘We are two old men!’ Khrisong handed over his sword. He went towards the doors. Songtsen, the sword in his hands, was behind him. Khrisong stopped cautiously on the threshold to the Sanctum. He peered through the gloom at the figure on the throne. His eyes widened in awe. ‘Padmasambvha,’ he
whispered. ‘So you are not dead!’ ‘No, my son, but you are,’ said the cold voice. Behind Khrisong, Songtsen raised the sword, and thrust with savage force. Khrisong gasped and wheeled round. His eyes, filled with pain and unbelief, fixed on those of his Abbot. Khrisong took a couple of tottering steps forward and collapsed. The doors to the Sanctum swung to. In the Sanctum, the body of Padmasambvha writhed on the throne. For a moment a different voice emerged from the withered lips, as the personality of the real Padmasambvha broke through. ‘Why do you make me do this? Release me, I beg of you...’ Then, as the Intelligence reasserted its control, the cold voice filled the room. ‘You have done well, Songtsen. Take the monks from the Monastery, and never return.’ In the Anteroom, Songtsen said, ‘I obey, master.’ He was about to leave when the Doctor, Thomni and Jamie rushed into the room. They found him standing over Khrisong’s body, the bloodstained sword in his hands. The little group stopped at the threshold, appalled. ‘Lord Abbot!’ called Thomni in horror. He rushed to kneel by Khrisong’s body. Songtsen looked down in horror. ‘What has happened? Who has slain Khrisong?’ he asked. Thomni looked up. ‘You killed him, you!’ he sobbed. Songtsen looked in utter amazement at the bloody sword in his hands... ‘I?’ he said wonderingly. A cold voice filled the room. ‘Slay them, Songtsen. Slay them all!’ The blankness of trance came over Songtsen’s face and he raised the sword. ‘Kill! Kill! Kill!’ he hissed. ‘Look out!’ yelled the Doctor. He dodged the blow and grabbed the Abbot’s sword arm. Despite his modest size, the Doctor could exert amazing strength when he needed to. But he was helpless in Songtsen’s grip. The frail old body was vibrating with supernatural force. Thomni and Jamie, both young and strong, joined in the struggle. It took every ounce of their
’ he thought grimly. ‘Get him out of here. then. Doctor. ‘Whatever is controlling Padmasambvha will not let him die!’ The Doctor turned and left.’ he gasped. ‘Quickly!’ Jamie and Thomni dragged the Abbot away. icy laughter of the Intelligence. Suddenly Songtsen slumped in their grip. and the Anteroom was filled with the mad. ‘You’d better come at once. ‘I was wrong. The Doctor stood back panting. As the Doctor walked along the corridor he met an excited Travers.combined strengths to subdue the Abbot and wrench the sword from his hands. There’s going to be a riot!’ . The Doctor looked grimly at the closed doors to the Sanctum.
Then the fit was over and the Abbot went limp. Ignoring the weapon. ‘Kill! Kill! Kill!’ and swung the sword at the astonished monk.’ he said grimly. Then.’ Thomni was shouting. ‘Stand back!’ ‘Do not interfere. my Abbot. As the Doctor entered the courtyard with Travers.’ called Thomni. A roar of fear and terror rose from the crowd. Slay him now before he kills us all. and the warriors began to close in. Jamie gave the man a hearty shove that sent him staggering back into the crowd.’ he implored. ‘Tell us it is not so. it is true. They surrounded Jamie and Thomni. But Songtsen was under an evil spell. my brothers. ‘He is possessed by demons.11 The Final Battle A confused and angry crowd filled the courtyard. and the frightened and confused Songtsen. brothers. ‘He is bewitched. his .’ Another warrior stepped forward. grabbing the still bloody sword from Thomni’s hand he hissed. ‘Wait. placed on him by the Master. stranger.’ they shouted. but the warriors would not listen. ‘I’m thinking we’ve had enough killing. he took in the ugly situation at a glance. In times of crisis. Once again it took the combined efforts of several strong young warriors to hold down the frail body. Jamie slipped the highland dagger from his stocking. For a moment Songtsen gazed at him uncomprehendingly.’ said the monk angrily. sword raised high above Songtsen’s head. ‘Khrisong was slain by the Abbot.’ One of the young warrior monks thrust himself to the front of the crowd. and shoved the Abbot behind him. ‘Indeed.
’ he ordered.’ said the Doctor simply. if I may.’ ‘The Doctor is right. ‘And what of you. ‘There are things I need to know. Doctor. ‘I too will stay and help you.’ shouted Thomni. He was convinced that.’ ‘Well. the confused and frightened monks began to gather up their belongings. ‘There’s more than one kind of control. the Doctor was .’ ‘What’s the first step?’ asked Jamie. ‘If this evil isn’t stopped it will spread.’ ‘How will you make him do that. all of you. ‘Stop this nonsense at once.normally modest and unassuming personality took on a new force. Doctor?’ ‘I shall stay here.. for all his cleverness. ‘Aye.. if I am successful.’ said Victoria firmly. The Doctor smiled. shall we?’ Travers walked slowly back to his room. Doctor?’ asked Thomni. Let’s take him inside. you will be able to return.’ The monks fell silent. It may be dangerous. but I won’t pretend I’m not glad of your help. ‘Let us obey him and leave now!’ There was a murmur of agreement. my brethren.’ said Thomni. in this Monastery. ‘Thank you. Thomni said. Padmasambvha. ‘Your Abbot is not responsible for his crime. I’m staying too. Neither for that matter is the Master.’ said the Doctor thoughtfully. and me!’ added Jamie. And the root of it is here.’ The Doctor sighed. if you’re staying. Their anger subsiding. There is great evil here. pushing through the crowd. Doctor?’ asked old Sapan. ‘Leave the Monastery. Thomni. ‘What must we do. ‘And Songtsen is the only one who can tell me. One day soon. ‘His mind is controlled. Both are being controlled by a greater force.
’ he said. the false Yeti?’ the Doctor was prompting. Songtsen. Its appetite is insatiable. But he reckoned it was up to him. Somehow he had to stop it. It wanted only the cave. too.’ ‘And just what is this plan?’ the Doctor asked. ‘At first the Intelligence said that it wished only to create substance for itself—as an experiment. and looked back longingly at the lights of the Monastery. He had a sudden horrific vision of the whole earth. it was the evil throbbing mass in that cave up the mountain. For a moment he stopped. There was nothing Travers wanted less than to see that cave again. the voice he heard and obeyed came not from Padmasambvha. he began to climb the path. ever-growing mass in the cave.wrong. ‘Tell me. It was getting dark now. and see if that stopped it. Then it demanded the whole mountain. dreading what he might find at the end of his journey.’ The Doctor remembered Travers’ description of the glowing. And what then? Suppose it travelled through space. one heaving. but from the Doctor. Unnoticed by the busy monks. His eyes were wide open and he stared unseeingly ahead of him. pulsating mass. He’d blast that pyramid thing with a clip full of bullets. Travers slipped out of the gate and began climbing up the mountain path. the Abbot Songtsen sat on a highbacked stone chair. It seeks to overwhelm the whole world. Then. lest they hinder the Great Plan. hanging in space. But this time. ‘How are the Yeti con- . In the Great Hall. ‘They were designed to serve the Intelligence. Their purpose was to frighten all travellers and pilgrims from Det-sen. He picked up his rifle and loaded it. The source of the evil wasn’t some old monk in the Monastery. ‘What about the robots. All the planets in the Universe could be under threat. The Monastery. The Doctor shivered.
the Doctor? What were his plans? Travers got to his feet and started to move on. ‘I’ve been in the Sanctum.’ ‘Where is it. Two Yeti lumbered past.’ ‘But there still has to be some kind of master transmitter. then another and another. And what about that fellow..’ ‘What about the control units? Where did they come from?’ ‘Under the guidance of the Intelligence. thought Travels. but I saw nothing.’ The Doctor was puzzled. ‘It is in the Sanctum.. You must tell us.’ In the Inner Sanctum the body of Padmasambvha jerked into life as the Intelligence took over. Travers plodded on. Where is it?’ Songtsen said. all the other wonderful machines.. The Doctor leaned forward..trolled?’ ‘By Padmasambvha. Songtsen? You must tell us. the Yeti. the Master laboured for nearly three hundred years. in the fast-gathering dark. his voice commanding. As he . rifle in hand. The Abbot sat staring into space. ‘How do we reach the secret room. Making for the Monastery. picked up a Yeti and moved it down towards the Monastery. He made the control units. He heard the sound of huge shuffling feet ahead of him and dropped into cover. Out on the mountain. ‘The power source that amplifies the commands of Padmasambvha’s mind. It was just that its presence gave him a certain comfort. Songtsen? How do we get in there?’ There was no reply. The withered hand hovered over the board. He hoped those poor devils of monks had got safely away.. Not that he really expected the weapon would do him any good against a Yeti.’ ‘There is a secret room.. very briefly. it’s true.’ insisted the Doctor.
’ he said. glowing mass of the Intelligence’s physical form was flooding out of the cave at an absolutely incredible rate. Perhaps the Doctor had been right all along.climbed he became aware of something very strange. Travers realised the foolishness of his plan to attack the pyramid in the cave. There was nothing he could do against the kind of power that was exultantly displayed here. Perhaps the Monastery did hold the key to it all. Travers remembered the Yeti he had seen trooping down the mountainside. it had been getting darker and darker as the night drew on. In the Great Hall. He has suffered much. Jamie and Victoria.’ ‘We will care for him. If it went on spreading it would eventually ooze down the mountain slopes and engulf the entire Monastery. and downwards too. ‘I have done my best to erase the memory of evil from his mind. Travers understood why. upwards as if to consume the topmost peak of the mountain. the Doctor handed Songtsen over to the care of the old lama Sapan. It was as though the entire mountain was somehow glowing. ‘Now remember. he began to run back down the path. ‘As soon as . On the lower slopes of the mountain. But now that he was actually getting closer to the cave it seemed to be getting lighter.’ promised Sapan. Two other lamas gently led the old Abbot out of the hall. who was now the leader of the monks. The pulsating. It was moving in both directions. With a sudden sense of urgency. The cave itself was the source of the light. Then as he came within sight of the cave. The strange light continued to increase. Spreading out from the cave. Doctor. it seemed to be seeping into and absorbing the very substance of the mountain. The Doctor turned to those left behind—Thomni.’ said the Doctor. ‘But he will be troubled for a long time.
Jamie took one and swung it appreciatively.’ he said happily. That’ll give her something to concentrate on.’ The Doctor looked. wreck it utterly and completely. In the courtyard the procession was ready to move off. They began to hand out torches for the steep climb down to the lower valley. you teach her the ‘jewel in the lotus’ prayer. The night was now so dark. ‘Look.’ Obediently the old lama began to give orders. ‘I thought these would be useful.’ said the Doctor. ‘Well. It seemed as though the whole peak of the mountain was glowing and burning. But all the monks were gazing upwards. The Doctor turned quickly to Sapan. do you understand?’ The two young men nodded. heavy. that it could be clearly seen from the Monastery. You two lads have got to smash up the equipment. ‘But I fear for you.’ said Sapan.’ said Thomni.’ ‘It won’t be any picnic.all the monks and lamas are safely away. ‘The Intelligence has supernormal powers and it will use them all. ‘Thomni.’ Their conference was interrupted by a chorus of shouts and screams from outside. And the glow was moving downwards. Will you not let our brave warriors stay and help you?’ . He produced a pair of long. at the mountain. ‘Aye. and the flowing substance from the cave had now spread so far. Doctor. ‘Our brethren in the plains will give us shelter.’ warned the Doctor. ‘The mountain is burning. You must lead your brethren away at once. Doctor. iron-tipped staffs.’ called Sapan.’ ‘What kind of powers?’ asked Victoria nervously. Whatever you find in there. ‘that ought to do it. ‘There is even less time than I feared.. The warrior monks marshalled the procession into line. Led by the Doctor. they rushed outside to see what was wrong.. we’ll have to make our attack on the control room of the Intelligence. it’ll probably try to hypnotise you.
I’ll tackle the Intelligence. the Doctor gave his companions a final briefing. We’re fighting something inside as well as outside. the sounds faded and they were left alone.’ said the Doctor briskly. whistling it through the air. Sapan. How strange and eerie to be the sole inhabitants of the Monastery! Except. hum. there was movement outside the doors. ‘But you never know. move away the statue of Buddha at the end of the room. Get inside there and—’ ‘Aye. Jamie. ‘Om. The Doctor shrugged. ‘No point.’ he said. for whatever was lurking in the Sanctum. I hope.’ He glanced grimly up at the glowing. ‘Thomni is staying with me— he will be all the help I need.’ The sound was curiously moving and beautiful. As the little party disappeared inside the building. burning mountain for the last time. Thomni and Jamie. Back in the Great Hall. Victoria shivered. padme. ‘What do I do?’ ‘Nothing. iron-tipped staffs. you’ve told us. ‘Smash the lot to bits!’ He and Thomni picked up their massive. ‘As soon as we’re in the control room. the Doctor and his companions watched the line of torches disappear into the darkness. ‘Will we shut the doors.’ said Jamie. Jamie spun his. Yeti appeared from the darkness. mane. they stood waiting outside the gates.’ replied the Doctor.’ . ‘Go now. ‘What about me?’ asked Victoria. that is. Something may turn up. The little procession began to wind its way out of the courtyard and down the path. Standing by the doors. a larger party would do no better. Doctor?’ asked Jamie.‘They are needed to guard you and your fellow lamas. Sapan. Floating up to them came the sound of monks chanting the ‘jewel in the lotus’ prayer that Thomni had just taught Victoria.’ The Doctor thought to himself that if the few of them couldn’t succeed. At last the lights died away. and led them back inside the Monastery. Grouped in a semicircle.
Glancing back over his shoulder. ‘I somehow doubt it. ‘Everybody ready?’ asked the Doctor.’ As they moved cautiously along the gloomy corridors. There was nothing for it—he would have to wait. too. was very near. ‘Hey. They were alive all right. Travers felt that things were coming to a climax.’ said the Doctor. off we go. Standing grouped in a semicircle around the door was a group of Yeti—four of them. He decided to wait as long .’ said Jamie. he saw that the glowing mass was covering more and more of the mountain. and even hear their chanting. ‘More likely he’s gone off on some scheme of his own. ‘Right.He hadn’t the heart to tell Victoria she was only being included in the expedition because she would find it even more frightening to be left on her own. Travers came to a sudden halt. what happened to yon fellow Travers? I havena seen him. Jamie had a sudden thought. Travers. He was running full tilt down the last stretch of the path towards the Monastery.’ suggested Victoria.’ ‘Well. He picked up a big rock and rolled it towards them. win or lose. Alive and waiting. he’s no’ here now. alert to the movement. As he came to the gates of the Monastery. It was moving nearer and nearer to the Monastery. He wondered if they were activated or not. thought Travers. Soon he would have to leave. at any rate. Moreover. ‘We’ll just have to manage without him!’ By the light of their flickering torches they crept forward along the echoing stone corridors towards the Inner Sanctum. she’d be as safe with them as she would anywhere.’ ‘Maybe he’s deserted us. Yet somehow. Far below him in the darkness he could see the torch-lit procession of the departing monks. in fact. Instantly all the Yeti swung round.
and made him my own. ‘No. Gradually I took him over. Led by the Doctor. ‘All right. I ask again. the voice of the Intelligence spoke to them. ‘In we go!’ Their actual entrance into the Anteroom was something of an anti-climax. but they were fast closed.’ said the Doctor. Jamie and Thomni took a firmer grip of their staves. ‘Everyone remember what to do?’ asked the Doctor. All was still and quiet. The Doctor and his friends stopped in the corridor outside the Anteroom. The prayer lamps were burning low and the place was shrouded in gloom and silence. He had journeyed further on the mental plane than any other of your kind. Doctor. ‘Why are you here?’ the voice said.’ said the Doctor angrily. You have taken the mind and being of a good and great man. too. who are you? Where do you come from?’ ‘I come from what you would call another dimension. the little group moved forward.’ ‘You have enslaved him. But I have rewarded him well. He tried them. It was harsher. ‘You know me well. Am I not your old and treasured friend. They all nodded. without physical substance. the traces of Padmasambvha’s personality almost completely erased. You have captured his spirit and abused his body. The Doctor went up to the doors of the Inner Sanctum.as he could. Then I made contact with the mind of Padmasambvha. Padmasambvha?’ ‘No!’ said the Doctor. Those Yeti were waiting for something. Doctor. you are not. ‘Now .’ ‘Who are you?’ said the Doctor steadily. Suddenly. ‘Or should I rather ask—what are you?’ A terrible mock-sweetness came into the alien voice. more inhuman. There was a subtle change in its quality. condemned to hover eternally between the stars. out of the air. I was exiled into yours. colder. promised him knowledge and long life. ‘Why do you not heed my warnings? You are stubborn. and corrupted and abused it. I tempted him.
but the Doctor didn’t turn a hair. Then slowly the doors swung open. Jamie and Thomni looked in astonishment . ‘Playing on its vanity. above all—don’t panic. Anything at all. Thomni and Victoria waited motionless behind the Doctor while this exchange was going on. The three others gasped in terror. And I have power. Trust me. The Doctor turned round to his companions. ‘You are unwise to anger me. they still had a fighting chance. ‘You? Much power?’ Suddenly. You are evil. So long as it was unaware of the extent and the value of the information he had drawn from the mind of Songtsen.’ said the voice. And.’ thought Jamie. and crashed into the wall. you’re a cunning wee fellow. Doctor.’ Slowly he led them through the doors and into the Inner Sanctum. missing the Doctor’s head by inches. Much power. Doctor. ‘Afraid to face us. ‘A little simple teleportation?’ he said scornfully.’ The Doctor made his voice deliberately contemptuous. ‘It’s all verra well standing here name-calling.’ ‘Why don’t you open those doors?’ the Doctor said mockingly. one of the heavy bronze lamps flared up in a sheet of flame. ‘Anything may happen now. are you?’ There was a moment of silence. Once inside.’ thought Jamie. ‘How’s he going to get the thing to open the door?’ Similar thoughts were passing through the Doctor’s mind. we’re done for. It whizzed through the air like a cannon ball. If we canna get into that Sanctum.you withhold from him the one thing he craves—the boon of a natural death. You are what men once called a demon!’ Jamie. His one hope was that the Intelligence had not realised that the power of Hypnotism was shared by the Doctor. ‘My purposes are beyond the understanding of such a puny brain as yours.. ‘Are you going to keep us here watching conjuring tricks? What next? Rabbits out of hats?’ ‘Aye.. I hope it works.
hum. ‘Now!’ Jamie felt the grip on him slacken. but she pushed it aside.’ They ran to the golden statue of Buddha and swung it aside. So too. Jamie looked at the little figure almost with pity. ‘Let’s get to work. mane. The effort required to do battle with the will of the Intelligence was distorting his face. the blast of a mighty wind ripped through the room. His eyes were locked with those of the wizened figure on the throne. his whole body was caught by some terrifying invisible force. obscuring it. Thomni.’ yelled Jamie. a high-pitched sound filled the room. ‘Come on.’ Then. the Doctor managed to take first one step and then another. om. sweeping away the draperies around the throne. ‘Om. Or was he? Slowly. Padmasambvha was revealed sitting bolt upright. padme. He literally could not move a muscle. hum. He saw that the Doctor was standing in a half-crouch. mane. Blinding lights flickered before their eyes. ‘Och. one foot on the steps of the dais. he took . with infinite effort. but they could still see the little figure crouched over his table. The drapes were pulled now. the Doctor began to straighten up. The build-up of energy in the little room was overpowering. She began to repeat the prayer that Thomni had taught her. He directed the entire force of his will towards the little shrouded figure on the golden chair. But before they could enter. is that all?’ he thought. padme. ‘You could blow the wee fellow away with a sneeze. A memory of some old fear passed through Victoria’s mind. ‘Now!’ yelled the Doctor. eyes blazing with malignancy. The entrance to the hidden control room was revealed. before he could move another step toward the dais.at the golden throne. with agonising slowness. Thomni and Victoria were held in the same way.’ She repeated the soothing words over and over. it seemed. was the Doctor. Jamie saw that the Doctor was sinking slowly to his knees. following the instructions from Songtsen. Then. Suddenly. His eyes fixed on those of the possessed Master.
At one end of the room a plain metal pyramid reposed on an altar. Outside the Monastery doors.. As if impelled by some signal of great urgency. Doctor.’ she called. .’ yelled Jamie. ‘Come on. Travers saw four of the Yeti move swiftly inside. but he was unable to stop the movement of the hand. lunatic lash-up of electronics. A low ghastly moan filled the room as the Intelligence realised the strength of the mind that was opposing it. Then Jamie heard a strangled shout from the Doctor. For a moment the two young men stood amazed. larger even than the ones which Jamie and Victoria had seen in the cave. ‘Hurry.’ Jamie raised his staff and smashed it down on a control panel. they rushed along the corridors.another step forward. One by one. All the walls were covered with an incredible tangle of equipment. At the other end a glowing sphere. he started to follow them. Jamie. Victoria watched as the Doctor waged his battle of wills with the Intelligence. hurry. caught their attention. four of the Yeti models were placed on the map of the Monastery. Once they were under way. Thomni. They worked frantically with great sweeping blows. The two young men dashed into the secret control room. She sensed a deadlock. Soon the entire control room was well on the way to being wrecked. Thomni did the same.’ The Doctor redoubled his concentration. ‘Look out. Neither could afford the slightest distraction. ‘He’s going to bring the Yeti in. The Yeti seemed to move at a far greater speed than normal. Outside in the Sanctum.. Then to her horror she saw the withered hand of Padmasambvha creeping out towards the board. and very small. Can’t hold out much. of all ages and in all conditions—a mad. It was bare. Travers trailing cautiously behind them.
‘You have destroyed ..’ he said. on the floor.’ In the control room... he brought it smashing down on the sphere.’ said Thomni. ‘Jamie. The voice of the Intelligence said. Like two wrestlers of exactly even strength. ‘We have smashed all that controls them. ‘Aye. hum. and moved towards the sphere on the altar. the Doctor was still locked in struggle with the Intelligence. She could not move her hand. And then it was too late.. hum. The Yeti were coming! ‘Victoria—get the models. Jamie and Thomni were going about their task with savage gusto... here. all would be over. it stopped her from reaching the models. mane. the Doctor managed to yell.. A Yeti. ‘Move them back. except this.. Jamie looked round. Jamie and Thomni looked at each other. Victoria watched helplessly. ‘Resist it. The control unit had exploded. They would all die. Raising his staff above his head. its arm drawn back to attack the Doctor. it reeled away smoking. As they lumbered towards him. padme. shattered wrecks. mane.’ gasped the Doctor. There was an explosion from somewhere inside it and. Yeti. neither of them could move. But the Doctor knew that the alien strength of the Intelligence would soon wear him down.. staggered back with a roar.. Om..’ urged the Doctor. But the strength of the Intelligence’s will was too much for her. The same happened to all its companions. padme.Inside the Sanctum.’ But it was no use. Even locked in struggle with the Doctor. And once he weakened. a hole blown in its chest. ‘Om. The Yeti burst into the room.’ Victoria forced herself to go forward to the table. from the corridor she heard the sound of roaring. ‘Say the prayer!’ Victoria tried.. Then. From inside the hidden control room came the sound of smashing equipment. They collapsed.
’ it said. and then held out the hand. From somewhere outside came a series of rumbling explosions that shook the building.. he emptied the whole magazine into the figure on the throne. He saw the Doctor looking down at him. falling from the throne. The body on the throne gave a sudden leap. I waited so long.my servants. ‘At last. What did Travers tell me about the cave? Raising his voice. It landed across the little table. The Intelligence gave its terrible laugh.. When he spoke. ‘Jamie. The Doctor lifted the shrivelled body in his arms. and smiled.’ The old man’s head fell back. there is that!’ Jamie called back. Victoria realised that. for the first time. . he yelled. I knew you would come. ‘Then smash it. Worn out by years of slavery. and save me from myself. Raising his rifle. they were seeing the real Padmasambvha. It brushed its hand across its face as though swatting a fly. Doctor. ‘Oh foolish man. his voice was warm and gentle. the Intelligence left it. The cave in the mountain had exploded.. free of the Intelligence. I shall have peace. Suddenly Padmasambvha’s eyes opened. Suddenly it shattered into fragments as though made of glass. ‘Did you not realise my power in the cave?’ The cave. it was almost weightless. but you have not destroyed me!’ Travers rushed into the room. With a final convulsive twitch. the voice of a wise old man. In it lay the spent bullets.. thought the Doctor with the part of his mind that was still free. is there a pyramid in there?’ ‘Aye. Padmasambvha’s body gave out a last terrible scream. Smash it now!’ In the control room Jamie and Thomni lashed with all their force at the pyramid. knocking it to the ground.
and lowered the frail body to the ground. shattered into fragments as though made of glass.’ . My old friend Padmasambvha can rest at last.’ said the Doctor. ‘It worked.’ said the Doctor.. ‘Goodbye. Jamie and Thomni emerged from the control room. ‘The Intelligence is destroyed.. old friend.The pyramid.
They all walked slowly from the Sanctum.’ . The glow had gone from the mountain. I think I could do with some sleep. They all looked up.’ said the Doctor.’ He yawned and stretched. ‘Look. ‘You know. The explosion in the cave had destroyed the physical being of the Intelligence. ‘Yes. ‘It’s really over at last.’ said Travers. and made their way back to the courtyard. and pointed.
they could see that once again the doors of Det-sen Monastery stood wide and welcoming.’ Thomni looked at the mountain. ‘But there’s no one here but you. Travers said. Victoria frowned.’ said Thomni. Thomni looked disappointed. Doctor. But very solemn.12 The Abominable Snowman Next morning. ‘They will hear the gong and know that all is well. as the Doctor. are you. Victoria just caught a fleeting glimpse of Thomni setting off for prayers in a one-man procession. It was now quite a different shape at the top. Thomni was solemnly banging an enormous gong. ‘Can you not stay until my brethren return? They will wish to thank you. ‘What on earth are you doing?’ asked Victoria.’ said the Doctor. Jamie. ‘You’re not really worried about the TARDIS. and they all set off up the mountain path together.’ After more farewells. they were greeted by a deafening clang.’ ‘Time we all said goodbye. Doctor?’ . Doctor!’ Nothing they could say would dissuade him. He really had been very nice.’ ‘All the more reason that I should strictly observe the rituals. I’m afraid. I’m worried about my equipment.’ explained Thomni. Victoria and Travers came out into the courtyard. She smiled.’ ‘I’m afraid not. her hands over her ears. ‘It is the hour for morning prayer. until my brothers return. Looking back. ‘You see. Goodbye and thank you again. ‘Very well then.’ said the Doctor hastily. Miss Victoria. ‘I’ll see you safely up the mountain. part of the upper peak having been blown away. It might have been damaged when the top of the mountain exploded. Jamie came up close to the Doctor and whispered.
Something for you to take back from your expedition at any rate. ‘I’m looking forward to seeing this camp of yours.’ said the Doctor. ‘You really needn’t trouble to come with us any further. Mr. If they won’t believe in the real Yeti. Mr.’ The Doctor and his companions exchanged glances. whatever you do. even if it does turn out to be a legend. ‘Wonderful machines. But he won’t take any hints!’ There came a shout from Travers. Travers. The explosion at the cave had thrown down rocks and boulders which covered the path.’ said Travers.’ said the Doctor. you know that. ‘The TARDIS is indestructible.’ said Jamie. I just thought it was time we were leaving.’ ‘Maybe. The journey became more difficult now as they climbed higher.’ said Travers gloomily.. they certainly wouldn’t credit what’s happened here. who was happily marching on ahead.’ urged the Doctor. He had stopped.’ Walking round the shattered robot. No.’ ‘I know. that’s right. ‘Look at this!’ The shattered body of a Yeti lay across the path. ‘Let’s get on. ‘What about him.’ agreed Jamie eagerly.’ he suggested. Jamie. ‘No doubt you’ll want to be off hunting your beasties!’ ‘I’m thinking of giving all that up.’ said the Doctor.’ ‘Don’t give up. and was waving to them. they went on. those.. ‘Almost a shame to have destroyed them. Travers. Wretched thing’s probably only a legend anyway. ‘Ay. ‘It’s a splendid thing to have a dream.’ Travers sighed. ‘I’m only getting myself laughed at. and they all walked on. Doctor? The TARDIS will be a bit of a shock to him. ‘They’d only say it was a fake. ‘Its chest unit must have exploded at the same time as those in the Sanctum. ‘That’s been worrying me rather.’ Jamie indicated Travers. .The Doctor shook his head. but he didn’t sound convinced.
but it’s awful chilly.’ A few minutes later. across the mountain slope. and soon he too had disappeared from view.’ ‘Do you think he’ll catch his Yeti. ‘My word. ‘No need to worry about Mr. ‘It’s no’ a bad place. ‘Much further. as a matter of fact. There came a sudden scream from Victoria.’ said the Doctor. It’s a real Yeti.’ said the Doctor gently. is it?’ puffed Travers. I’ve found it at last!’ Travers began stumbling towards the Yeti.and they had to clamber over and round them.’ he said. ‘The important thing is. the face was different. ‘That doesn’t really matter. ‘Look—another Yeti. Travers was looking at it entranced. The Doctor shook his head resignedly. rather like that of a lemur. ‘Not like the others at all!’ And so it was. Doctor?’ asked Victoria. ‘What the blazes is that doing here?’ The Doctor cleared his throat. can you no’ make it somewhere warmer?’ . Travers was staring in utter amazement at the old blue police box perched incongruously on a mountain ledge. ‘Well. and had a more reddish tint. It was taller and less bulky.’ ‘That’s impossible!’ said the Doctor. Once we get through that clump of boulders we’ll be there. Travers. ‘I rather think this is our opportunity. not some wretched robot. ‘It’s different!’ said Victoria.’ he said. I’ve found it. a creature was peering shyly at them. They all looked where she was pointing.’ he began. ‘Don’t you see?’ he said. soft eyes. Not far away. By now he’s forgotten its existence. ‘Let’s be away then. behind some boulders. Then it gave a curiously high-pitched squeal of fright and disappeared behind a boulder. The fur was longer and silkier. with dark. Above all. For a moment the creature watched him approach.’ Jamie shivered. this Tibet of yours. he’s found his dream again. Doctor. Mr. ‘It’s a Yeti. Next time you want to visit some old friends. ‘Not far. Travers broke into a run. It’s moving. Travers’ reaction to the TARDIS.
a strange groaning noise echoed through the mountain air. and the old blue police box shimmered and vanished. Jamie. . you know the Doctor’s got no idea where the TARDIS will finish up next.’ Wrangling amiably the three companions walked across the snow and disappeared inside the TARDIS.’ said Victoria. The Doctor and his friends were off on their next adventure. After a moment. but basically I am fully in control—well. Victoria. more or less.’ protested the Doctor.’ ‘That’s most unfair. ‘There may be the occasional navigational error. ‘Anyway. you’re always grumbling.‘Honestly.